Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

7

Maria Schneider: Lembra De Mim

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Track review of "Lembra De Mim"

June of 2015 can't come soon enough for fans of the Maria Schneider Orchestra. That month will see the release of the The Thompson Fields—the long-awaited followup to the stunning Sky Blue (ArtistShare, 2007). In the meantime, Schneider has been gracious enough to deliver a pair of bonus tracks to tide everyone over until the album drops: an updated take on "Dance You Monster To My Soft Song," a piece originally presented on Evanescence (Enja, 1994), and her arrangement of Ivan Lins' "Lembra De Mim."

Both numbers, while newly recorded, hearken back to different points in Schneider's career. "Dance You Monster To My Soft Song" looks back to her debut and the dawning of what's now considered one of the most distinguished large ensembles in jazz, and "Lembra De Mim" looks back ten years to a time when Schneider wrote that arrangement when touring with harmonica legend Toots Thielemans, Lins, and the Danish Radio Orchestra. Schneider released the latter number on April 29, intentionally gifting it on Thielemans ninety-third birthday.

While Thielemans has retired, Schneider was able to convince him to record this and the results are predictably pleasing. He works his breezy magic over the rich harmonies of the band and mingles pleasantly with Lins' soothing voice. Other guests include Rogerio Boccato, who provides light percussive coloring, and guitarist Romero Lubambo, who adds low-key guitar work to this mellow Brazilian beauty.

This piece, while miles away from the music Schneider will release shortly, has something in common with all of her best work: it speaks to her ability to brilliantly tap into a wide spectrum of colors and timbres in her gorgeous musical paintings.

Track Listing: Lembra De Mim.

Personnel: Steve Wilson, reeds; Dave Pietro: reeds; Rich Perry: reeds; Donny McCaslin: reeds; Scott Robinson: reeds; Tony Kadleck: trumpet; Greg Gisbert: trumpet; Augie Haas: trumpet; Mike Rodriguez: trumpet; Keith O'Quinn,: trombone Ryan Keberle: trombone; Marshall Gilkes: trombone George Flynn: bass trombone; Romero Lubambo: guitar; Lage Lund: guitar; Frank Kimbrough: piano; Rogerio Boccato: percussion; Clarence Penn: drums; Jay Anderson: bass; Toots Thielemans: harmonica; Ivan Lins: vocals.

Title: Lembra De Mim | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: ArtistShare

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Upcoming Shows

Shop

Start your shopping here and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Octopus Album Reviews
Octopus
By Jack Bowers
March 21, 2019
Read Pinch Point Album Reviews
Pinch Point
By Mark Corroto
March 21, 2019
Read Crosswinds Album Reviews
Crosswinds
By Don Phipps
March 21, 2019
Read Colors Album Reviews
Colors
By Mark Sullivan
March 21, 2019
Read The Grey Album Album Reviews
The Grey Album
By Mike Jurkovic
March 21, 2019
Read WHENUFINDITUWILLKNOW Album Reviews
WHENUFINDITUWILLKNOW
By Troy Dostert
March 20, 2019
Read Path Of Totality Album Reviews
Path Of Totality
By Jerome Wilson
March 20, 2019