Nocturne for Ava

Nocturne for Ava

by Bob Sneider
     
 

Bob Sneider and Joe Locke's follow-up to Fallen Angel, their first Film Noir Project, follows the same formula, blending creative arrangements of music written for movies with enticing originals that are worthy of being utilized in soundtracks. Joining the guitarist and vibraphonist once more are trumpeter John Sneider, tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart, and…  See more details below

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Bob Sneider and Joe Locke's follow-up to Fallen Angel, their first Film Noir Project, follows the same formula, blending creative arrangements of music written for movies with enticing originals that are worthy of being utilized in soundtracks. Joining the guitarist and vibraphonist once more are trumpeter John Sneider, tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart, and pianist Paul Hofmann, with newcomers including bassist Martin Wind, drummer Tim Horner, and percussionist Luisito Quintero. John Sneider's breezy setting of "Last Tango in Paris" is brisker than Gato Barbieri's original conception, filled with terrific solos and tight ensembles. The sexy ballad "Afterglow" shimmers as it shifts focus between Sneider's muted trumpet and Hofmann's lush piano. "Laura" has long been considered a standard, but Locke's adaptation almost seems to float in the air, with a tense vamp underneath the deliberately played melody. Bob Sneider's intricate acoustic guitar introduces Michel Legrand's haunting "Windmills of Your Mind," shifting to an implied Latin flavor as the theme is stated, with a creative horn ensemble behind the piano and vibes. The tension is prominent in Chris Ziemba's scoring of Johnny Mandel's "I Want to Live," while Stewart's playful arrangement of Duke Ellington's "Flirtibird" brings this decades-old gem into the 21st century. The originals also merit praise, especially Locke's dark ballad "Nocturne for Ava" and Hofmann's humorous "Kiss Me, Kill Me," a light-hearted mini-film noir, complete with a murder in its midst.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/17/2009
Label:
Origin Records
UPC:
0805558252327
catalogNumber:
82523

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Sneider   Primary Artist,Guitar,Trumpet
Paul Hofmann   Piano
Tim Horner   Drums
Joe Locke   Vibes
Grant Stewart   Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Martin Wind   Bass,Bass Guitar
Luisito Quintero   Percussion
John Sneider   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Mark Isham   Composer
Gato Barbieri   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Paul Hofmann   Arranger,Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Michael Marciano   Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Marcus Miller   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
Joe Locke   Arranger,Composer
Grant Stewart   Arranger
Jack Garner   Liner Notes
John Sneider   Arranger,Composer
Frank Aloi   Audio Production

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