Idit Shner: Live at the Jazz Station (album review by Christa V.)

Shner is an alto saxophonist and a professor at the University of Oregon! Here she delivers a masterful performance live and gives her students (and others!) a real taste of how to translate academic music into success. The whole ensemble is incredibly tight, but it is Shner who really shines as a soloist and as the heart of the melody on most of the tracks. “Shake it Til You Hear it Sizzle” is where the band really revs up and delivers several energetic solos! That same energy gets brought to “Pascal’s Ballad” which is incredibly soulful and powerful. The fifth track, “Hippo’s Walk,” is where all of this energy really lets loose and emerges from the whole ensemble! The album ends with practically a scream from Shner’s sax on “Artificial Flowers.” A must-listen if you’re a fan of jazz saxophone! Favorite tracks: 2, 3, 5, 8

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