Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Jubilation! Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt
Jubilation! celebrates the 90th birthday of the late alto sax giant Cannonball Adderley. In that role we find a present day gifted alto sax man, Jim Snidero. His co-leader on the date is trumpet sensation Jeremy Pelt who assumes the role of cornetist Nat Adderley. The quintet is completed by three more of today's all-stars: David Hazeltine, piano; Nat Reeves, bass; and Billy Drummond, drums. Most of the chosen selections were composed and/or performed by the Adderleys. Examples are the familiar "Sack O' Woe" and the feel good melody line of "Wabash", both Cannon's creations, and the jazz mega-hit "Work Song" by brother Nat. The one choice from Songbook America is "Stars Fell On Alabama", played with great feeling by both co-leaders. One of my personal faves, "Del Sasser", is a jazz staple from bassist Sam Jones. Its infectious melody line is a winner, and its odd title is a reference to Irene Del Sasser, a dear friend of the composer. On all these and others, the quintet keeps it straight ahead and purely Adderley all the way. What a delightful tribute!
Savant; 2018; appx. 53 min.