Wally Schnalle

Out of the Pan

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Veteran drummer and jazz educator Wally Schnalle has explored many styles of jazz over the years on his CDs for his Retlaw label, so he has never been easy to label. This outing features tenor saxophonist Dann Zinn, electric guitarist Jeff Massanari, and electric bassist Jason Muscat playing the leader's stimulating originals. The sax and guitar engage in a lively conversation in the intense "Out of the Pan" as Schnalle fuels the fire with his constantly shifting drumming. The infectious, somewhat funky "Nehru Guayabera" showcases Massanari's intricate playing, while the hip "Well Dressed Criminals" has an edgy vibe suggestive of John Scofield. The rockish "Front Burner" features Massanari's blistering solo and Zinn's wailing tenor, while the loping "Saturday Night Stilettos" has a definitive urban swagger. This is another enjoyable effort by Wally Schnalle.

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