Alex Snydman Debuts at #9 on the CMJ Top 40 Jazz Chart

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Percussionist-composer Alex Snydman realizes a long awaited aspiration with the release of his CD, Fortunate Action.   Snydman states, “I wanted to capture a synthesis of the many musicians I have grown very close to over the last six years.”  The CD contains seven originals and a pair of jazz classics reinvented in Snydman’s inimitable style.  Snydman sums the theme of the project, “This project was catalyzed by a notion that I find very inspiring; I refer to this concept as ‘fortunate action.’  This idea represents the exponential positive ripples that occur when we listen to our ‘inner voice’ that is encouraging us to pursue our dreams and make the strong yet sometimes difficult decision to follow a path of love, and synergistic co-creation.”

The music throughout the CD is a potent example of the magnificent validity of a group of musician’s communicating though improvisation to convey a story and of the transformational power of music.  Snydman discusses the importance of working as a unit, “Fortunate Action,” my most recent composition, would not have been what it is without the contributions of Miro Sprague.  After writing the opening vamp, interlude, and piano solo section chords. I felt I needed help on the opening melody as well as arranging ideas.  I decided, in the spirit of fortunate action, to ask Miro if he had any ideas.  What ensued was a very auspicious and fruitful first outing in co-writing.  I hope this song reflects a sense of journey, purpose, and will.”

Snydman and his fellow music travelers have a firm command of the heritage of jazz, while striving to convey a clear modern message. Snydman speaks of this masterful balance, “In Joy,” by Chris Pattishall, embodies many elements that I love in modern jazz: mixed meter, Gospel influence, Neo-Soul and more. We open the album with this track inviting you to embark on a journey of listening always….in joy.”

Percussionist-composer Alex Snydman realizes a long awaited aspiration with the release of his CD, Fortunate Action.   Snydman states, “I wanted to capture a synthesis of the many musicians I have grown very close to over the last six years.”  The CD contains seven originals and a pair of jazz classics reinvented in Snydman’s inimitable style.  Snydman sums the theme of the project, “This project was catalyzed by a notion that I find very inspiring; I refer to this concept as ‘fortunate action.’  This idea represents the exponential positive ripples that occur when we listen to our ‘inner voice’ that is encouraging us to pursue our dreams and make the strong yet sometimes difficult decision to follow a path of love, and synergistic co-creation.”

The music throughout the CD is a potent example of the magnificent validity of a group of musician’s communicating though improvisation to convey a story and of the transformational power of music.  Snydman discusses the importance of working as a unit, “Fortunate Action,” my most recent composition, would not have been what it is without the contributions of Miro Sprague.  After writing the opening vamp, interlude, and piano solo section chords. I felt I needed help on the opening melody as well as arranging ideas.  I decided, in the spirit of fortunate action, to ask Miro if he had any ideas.  What ensued was a very auspicious and fruitful first outing in co-writing.  I hope this song reflects a sense of journey, purpose, and will.”

Snydman and his fellow music travelers have a firm command of the heritage of jazz, while striving to convey a clear modern message. Snydman speaks of this masterful balance, “In Joy,” by Chris Pattishall, embodies many elements that I love in modern jazz: mixed meter, Gospel influence, Neo-Soul and more. We open the album with this track inviting you to embark on a journey of listening always….in joy.”

2 Responses to Alex Snydman Debuts at #9 on the CMJ Top 40 Jazz Chart

  1. Matt Stevenson

    Hey Man,

    This sounds incredible! It’s great to see where you have gone in your musical direction in the past ten years. Good luck on the gig at Scullers tomorrow, I told my old man about it, he might show up. Wish I were in town, but currently living in Portland, OR. Probably spending most of the rest of the year in India. Playing with Jeff D’Antona and Leah Randazzo on Saturday at our buddy’s wedding in Connecticut, but other than that only sparse musical invovlement these last few years as I have been moving around and working internationally in environmental engineering.

    Hope you are well, drop me a line sometime, and congrats on the killer album. Can I buy one off you?

    Matt

    • admin

      wow!! How are you Matt??? It’s been SO LONG!!! I just saw this comment now so I’m finally responding:)

 

 
 
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