**** 9 Short Stories
marks the latest release from Idit Shner on the OA2 label. The saxophonist and composer is currently an associate professor of saxophone and jazz studies at the University of Oregon.
In spite of the rich precedent for women players and composers in jazz, there remains a lack of opportunities for women in this music. Happily, more female artists today are growing empowered to take their careers into their own hands. Shner, for example, not only produced her latest effort, but she also composed eight of the nine tracks on the album.
While 9 Short Stories
highlights Shner's gifts as a multi-reedist, what resonates most with the listener are the incredible journeys taken with every "story" and collaboration between her longtime bandmates--pianist Josh Hanlon, bassist James Driscoll and drummer Stockton Helbing.
On 9 Short Stories
, Shner encapsulates just some of her varied influences--from the polymetric rhythms of New Orleans and the black church on "Revision," to the spirituality and otherworldliness of Coltrane on "Hymn And Variations." Despite jet-setting from one sound to another, you never feel deprived or overwhelmed by the shift, as each of Shner's tunes lends something to the prior song.