9 Short Stories

9 Short Stories

Idit Shner Quartet

Label: OA2 Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0805552214727
Catalog number: OA2 22147
Releasedate: 08-12-17
- All tracks composed by Idit Shner
- Influenced by Classival Arabic music and Latin-tinged grooves
A fiery and dedicated improvisor and composer, saxophonist Idit Shner's latest quartet recording highlights her rich and ongoing relationship with pianist Josh Hanlon and drummer Stockton Helbing, which dates back to the early 2000's when Idit was working on her Doctorate at the University of North Texas. Along with bassist James Driscoll, the quartet tackles a program of Idit's compositions, all based in the jazz tradition but with influences ranging from traditional melodies & rhythms from Zimbabwe, to classical Arabic music, to the Latin-tinged grooves of McCoy Tyner from his early '70s recordings. For the album's lone standard, Billy Strayhorn’s “Passion Flower,” Shner declares her debt to one of jazz’s definitive alto stylists with this haunting Ellington band staple, one of Duke’s many feature numbers for Johnny Hodges.