Jim Snidero has arrived!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Snidero is not exactly a newbie and after twenty five years in the business but he may well be the best saxophonist some of you have never heard. Main Street is a cross country journey with some old friends and while oddly conceptual the sound and charts are fresh and breath new life into some classics that seem to have been hiding in the harmonic witness protection program.
The band is made up of the inventive pianist Fabian Almazan and the rest of the rhythm section would be both the critically acclaimed bassist Linda Oh and drummer Rudy Royston. The sound sells this release, one foot in the past with both eyes on the future. The cutting edge sound of modern jazz allows such classics as "Streets of Laredo" and "Autumn In New York" to become perfect bookends. Odd meters, shifting dynamics while maintaining a lyrical accessibility that might best be described as a deceptively subtle elegance of swing and melodic intensity.
Jim Snidero is not content with phoning in some covers to score a great release, he doesn't need to. Original tunes such as the opener "Duluth At Noon" and "Walla Walla" steal the spotlight and confirm what most of already know, it doesn't get much better than this!
Tracks: Duluth At Noon; Post Time Saratogo; Las Vegas Tango; Oxford Square; Autumn In New York; Born In Redwood City; Walla Walla; The Streets Of Laredo.