...a satisfying trio effort with attention-grabbing solos and shared musical empathy.
New York drummer Nadav Snir-Zelniker assembles a trio of veteran performers for a recording fully immersed in the jazz tradition while always looking forward. The Israel-born Snir-Zelniker combines with pianist and native New Yorker Ted Rosenthal and a product of the Midwest, bassist Todd Coolman, as they bring singular perspectives to this new and engaging dialogue. With arrangements of classics like Isfahan, Blue Skies and Secret Love combined with inspired originals by Nadav and Rosenthal, the group adds an exciting new recording to the piano trio lexicon.
1 Pizmon Layakinton (Song for the Hyacinth) 5:49
2 Longing 5:03
3 Secret Love 5:21
4 The Hard Way 6:39
5 Interplay 8:14
6 Isfahan 5:18
7 Jack's Theme 6:36
8 Blue Skies 3:29
9 Come Wonder With Me 4:55
10 Carefree 8:58
Nadav Snir-Zelniker - drums
Ted Rosenthal - piano
Todd Coolman - bass
Produced by Nadav Snir-Zelniker
Recorded and mixed by Manfred Knoop
at Manfred Knoop Studios, River Edge, NJ
Recorded on June 18, 2009
Mastered by Ilya Lishinsky at
Lishinsky Studio, Staten Island NY
Photography by Matt Cohen
Cover design by John Bishop
All About Jazz (John Barron)
Israeli-drummer Nadav Snir-Zelniker approaches straight-ahead, swinging jazz with a joyful spirit on his debut recording Thinking Out Loud. From the opening notes of "Pizmon Layakinton (Song for Hyacinth)" anchored by veteran bassist Todd Coolman, the disc presents a trio sound sensitive to group communication and exceptional individualism. Pianist ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
The Origin label and its sister label OA2 have a knack for unearthing jazz drummers and making them into bandleaders, utilizing the more rhythmically intense compositions that stem from a leader in that position as something of a hallmark. Nadav Snir-Zelniker, a drummer from the New York scene, combines here with pianist Ted Rosenthal and bassist ...
Oregon Jazz Scene (George Fendel)
It is apparent over the last decade or so that Israeli-born jazz musicians are becoming increasingly a factor in the jazz panČorama. Consider the arrivals of guitarist Roni Ben-Hur, scat singer Ori Dagan, piano maven Tamir Hendleman, and, in the review that follows this one, tenor saxist Benny Sharoni. This time it's drummer Nadav Snir-Zelniker who ...
JazzTimes (Bill Milkowski)
Israeli-born drummer Nadav Snir-Zelniker joins Todd Coolman on bass and Ted Rosenthal on piano for this enjoyable collection of standards and originals. From the joyful opener, "Pizmon Layakinton," they tackle a burning rendition of "Secret Love" before diving into inventive interpretations of Billy Strayhorn's "Isfahan" and Irving Berlin's "Blue S ...
Cadence Magazine (Jerome Wilson)
Thinking Out Loud finally gets us back to jazz. The leader is drummer Nadav Snir-Zelniker who set up a crisp and light bottom for Ted Rosenthal and Todd Coolman to work against. Snir-Zelniker is from Israel and his original compositions have Hebrew traces to them that Rosenthal turns inside out, especially his rolling, funky lines on "Longing." ...