...an excellent group of players jamming, meshing together fluidly, and the energy is consistently high...Shner's solos can twinkle and extend like Coltrane or honk and squawk like Big Jay McNeely...
With her recorded projects ranging from post-bop arrangements of Israeli songs from youth to commissioned new works for classical saxophone, Idit Shner has been a tireless advocate for 'making things happen' since receiving her DMA from the University of North Texas 15 years ago. On the faculty of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Idit continues to inspire others while using the city's central jazz gathering spot, The Jazz Station, to workshop ideas and perform regularly with her quartet. Recorded in June, 2019, Live at the Jazz Station captures the joy and exuberance heard each night there, with a high-energy group of friends exploring a favorite standard or their own compositions. From pianist/organist Torrey Newhart's hard-swinging, B-3 led "Shake it 'Til You Hear it Sizzle," to bassist Garrett Baxter's haunting ballad, "Present," or drummer Ken Mastrogiovanni's loose and swinging closer, "Artificial Flavors," Shner lights a fire, making the idea of presenting a live album more than just a good idea.
"...confident and assured. (Shner's) bringing a welcome liveliness to post-bop jazz..." - EMUSIC
1. Yesterdays 8:42
2. Shake It till You Hear It Sizzle 7:33
3. Pascal's Ballad 6:00
4. Mandala 2:13
5. Hippo's Walk 7:36
6. Samba in Two 6:33
7. Present 7:28
8. Artificial Flavors 5:35
Idit Shner - alto saxophone
Torrey Newhart - piano/organ
Garrett Baxter - bass
Ken Mastrogiovanni - drums
Produced by Idit Shner
Recorded by Lance Miller live at the Jazz Station in Eugene, OR
Recorded June 25-26, 2019
Mixed & mastered by Lance Miller AT
Galahad Productions, Eugene, OR
Band Photos by Kevin May
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Midwest record (Chris Spector)
All you need to know about Idit Shner, if you don't know anything about her, is that she's an alum of North Texas. Nuff said? She can honk, she can purr, she can coax and she does all that here on this mostly original set that finds everyone jamming in top form. Tasty throughout, the more you listen, the more you'll like. Right on the money. ...
Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
Alto saxist Idit Sner displays a warm and rich tone as she leads her quartet of Torrey Newhart/p-org, Garrett Baxter/b and Ken Mastrogiovanni/dr through a swinging set at Oregon's The Jazz Station a couple years back. The team is West Coast Cool as they Shner pops through "Yesterdays" to open things up, and Newhart's organ gets into a funky mood ...
CirdecSongs (Cedric Hendrix)
Despite her relative youth, Idit Shner's alto saxophone glows with the warm sheen of someone much more experienced. Her solid post-bop leads honor the traditions of players before her, like Jackie McLean or Hank Mobley. There is also a touch of the "Young Lions" vibe being presented by keyboardist Torrey Newhart and the rhythm section of Garrett Ba ...