Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
189

Jim Snidero: Strings

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count Views
Jim Snidero: Strings Jazz soloists especially like to make two types of recordings—those in duo with piano and those with strings . Art Pepper, Frank Morgan, Dizzy Gillespie and Jon Faddis made very fine piano duet recordings (Pepper and Morgan with the same pianist, George Cables, Gillespie and Faddis with Oscar Peterson). But seemingly, the Holy Grail of jazz is the recording with a string section, and many fine (and controversial) ones exist:



  • Art Pepper- Winter Moon (Galaxy/OJC)
  • Charlie Parker- With Strings Complete (Verve)
  • Chet Baker- With Strings (Columbia)
  • Clifford Brown- With Strings (Emarcy)


To a recording, all of the above artists addressed standards and little original composition, but a new recording changes this paradigm.



Entering this quest for the gold cup of a recording with strings is multi-reedist Jim Snidero. Mr. Snidero's contribution differs from the lauded group above in that his offering is of mostly of his own composition. Strings is a sumptuous master suite composed of medium-tempo, Bossa- inflected entrees, the jazz combo simmering in the rich berenaise of the strings coupled with light and dark ballad marinades laying on a bed of violins, violas, and cellos.



This eight-composition disc contains a suite comprised of three of the pieces. Two of the eight songs are not Snidero originals, but dovetail perfectly into overall vision of the recording. Pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist Paul Gill, and drummer Billy Drummond join Snidero in his core quartet, all exercising wide solo latitude. Mr. Snidero performs on both alto saxophone and flute both to great melodic effect. His compositions are lushly harmonic and light. The entire assembly of songs hangs together cohesively and is one of the finest recordings of the year.



See Fantasy Jazz .


Track Listing: Slipping Away; River Suite: Dawn; River Suite: On The Bank; River Suite: Torrent; Theme For Ernie; Forever Gone; Ventura; It's The Talk Of The Town.

Personnel: Jim Snidero

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Fantasy Jazz | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Stream of Consciousness
Stream of...
Savant Records
2013
buy
Interface
Interface
Savant Records
2011
buy
Crossfire
Crossfire
Savant Records
2009
buy
Tippin'
Tippin'
Savant Records
2008
buy
Close Up
Close Up
Telarc
2004
buy
Strings
Strings
Fantasy Jazz
2003
buy
Kenny Garrett Kenny Garrett
sax, alto
Freddie Hubbard Freddie Hubbard
trumpet
Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter
saxophone
Chris Potter Chris Potter
reeds
Ron Carter Ron Carter
bass
Joe Henderson Joe Henderson
sax, tenor
James Carter James Carter
sax, tenor
Lee Morgan Lee Morgan
trumpet
Johnny Griffin Johnny Griffin
sax, tenor

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.