Dave Zoller's Snug Harbor is reminiscent of groups which included giants Johnny Griffin, Freddie Hubbard, Howard McGhee, Hank Mobley, Paul Chambers, Horace Silver and those many others who kept the Bop flame burning bright during the late 1950's, 1960's and early 1970's. While by no means has this music become dated, Dave Zoller and his sextet invigorate the genre by bringing a more modern sound to it. But the result is still good, solid mainstream jazz. Zoller, heavily influenced by the Bill Evans, wrote all the tunes for this session. There's good ensemble work peppered throughout by outstanding solo work. The solos are distributed pretty much evenly among all players. Rod Booth's trumpet is Woody Shaw like on "Cherb" with Chris Seiter's trombone playing behind the trumpet. On "J.R. Plays the Blues," Randy Lee's tenor sax takes the lead. It is apparent these Dallas-based musicians have been playing together for quite awhile with Zoller's regular group and with other aggregations as Pete Peterson's Jazz Collection Orch. The music is tightly arranged, but is still sufficiently flexible to permit plenty of room for improvising. This strong straight ahead jazz playing is always a welcome musical event.
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AllMusic Review by Dave Nathan