It's one thing to be in tribute to an artist, a band or a classic album. It's another thing, and one rarely done if done at all, to be in tribute to a band's fluid changes and personal interplay or chemistry. This is what alto sax man Jim Snidero accomplishes beautifully on 'MD66' (Savant). His muse is the second great Miles Davis Quintet (Hancock, Shorter, Carrter, Wlliams). Yet 'MD66' is almost all-original.
Bill O'Connell learned his lessons in the bands of Mongo Santamaria, Dave Valentin, Sonny Rollins and Chet Baker. His three Savant Records CDs explored jazz, salsa and samba in duo, trio and larger band contexts, but they now have to be seen as but a prelude to 'Heart Beat,' a masterwork of percolating percussion and memorable melodic strains that add drama and more syncopation than you can shake a stick at on seven originals and two blistering covers.