July 8, 2013
All About Jazz
By Edward Blanco
Guitarist-turned-drummer Alex Snydman left behind an established East Coast presence in the Massachusetts and New York area jazz scenes for graduate studies at The California Institute of the Arts and, while in Los Angeles, has produced his very first album as leader with the highly audacious Fortunate Action. A student of Joe La Barbera, Bob Gullotti and Eric Harland, among others, Snydman's assertive, yet finessed style, combined with his talent as a composer, marks this debut a winner on many fronts and goes a long way in establishing this young jazz lion as a future drummer of note.
The album—consisting of nine fine selections of originals and standards, all featuring Snydman in variations of trio and quartet formats alongside an assortment of young, up- and-coming players like pianists Chris Pattishall, Doug Abramson and Miro Sprague, and accompanied by bassists Alec Derian and Tyler Heydolph—illuminates a varied, challenging and very creative musical statement. This is quite evident from Pattishal's opening "In Joy," with a soft-toned introduction that develops quite nicely around a gospel-influenced core. Read More .