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Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt: Jubilation!

Read "Jubilation!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The complete title of this splendid album by alto saxophonist Jim Snidero and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt's New York-based quintet is Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley. In other words, honoring the life and music of one of the jazz world's most illustrious altos, a consummate artist (and showman) who ranks alongside Bird, Stitt, Pepper, Konitz, Desmond, Woods, McLean and Nelson as undisputed alto giants and pacesetters of the bop and post-bop eras. As there was only one Cannonball Adderley ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt: Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley

Read "Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Jim Snidero and Jeremy Pelt celebrate the late, great alto saxophonist Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley. On this release, the band pays homage to the artist's classic quintet, as Pelt's meaty tone rekindles the aura of trumpeter Nat Adderley. The tunes--largely composed by Julian or Nat--capture a portion of the original quintet's setlist, with the festivities enriched by Snidero and Pelt's personal imprints. Pelt and Snidero each contribute a piece that morphs into the Adderley legacy and soundscape, as the ...

INTERVIEW

Jim Snidero: A Tale Of Taste

Read "Jim Snidero: A Tale Of Taste" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

What's the hallmark of quality jazz? If this question was posed to a group of jazz musicians, each person would no doubt give a different answer that would speak to differences in taste. Some would lean on tradition and others might push the idea of innovation, but few, if any, would actually use taste itself as the defining factor. That's what separates alto saxophonist Jim Snidero from the rest. Over the past thirty years, Snidero has come to be known ...

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Jim Snidero: Stream of Consciousness

Read "Stream of Consciousness" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The jazz world would likely forgive saxophonist Jim Snidero if he fell prey to artistic stagnation every now and then, but he might not forgive himself. He's kept a steady flow of solo albums coming through the pipeline for a quarter century and, while other artists who are equally prolific find themselves falling back on tired formulas and the same old tunes to fill out their records, Snidero continues to surprise with each addition to his discography. ...

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Jim Snidero: Interface

Read "Interface" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The digital age has completely changed the way language is used. People talk about “googling" things, discovering new “apps," and “friending people" all the time, so it wouldn't be surprising if the word “interface" eventually replaces “communication" in common, everyday conversations. Interfacing can essentially be viewed as a modern day synonym for communication, and that, after all, is one of the cornerstones of jazz. Saxophonist Jim Snidero knows this all too well. With an impressive résumé as a sideman, decades ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jim Snidero: Interface

Read "Interface" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Alto saxophonist Jim Snidero is a masterful mainstream jazz man, though he's proven his versatility and overall musical acumen, including a third stream lean, on his Strings (Fantasy Jazz, 2003), a set that featured a jazz quartet teamed with strings. Interface finds Snidero back in a straight-ahead frame of mind, teamed, for his third consecutive recording on the Savant Records label, with guitarist Paul Bollenback. The pairing is an auspicious one. Bollenbeck--an outstanding leader in his own ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jim Snidero: Crossfire

Read "Crossfire" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Since his days as a student at North Texas State University, alto saxophonist Jim Snidero has built quite a discography but this session, with his current working band of guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist Paul Gill and drummer Billy Drummond, is a rare chance to hear him in a pianoless setting. Crossfire is Snidero's 15th CD as a leader, with the bulk of the session focusing on his challenging originals. The title track is a solid opener, full ...


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