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YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

In a year that will be remembered for the coming of the COVID-19 pandemic, the music survived, thrived even, not on the bandstand playing for live audiences, but in the studio, socially distanced, in many cases collaborating from afar with swapped sound files. Musicians with time on their hands were especially inspired. These are the 2020 recordings that grabbed me the most, presented in the order in which they came through the door. Maria Schneider Orchestra Data ...

RADIO

Maria Schneider, Joe Morris, Rick Cutler and More

Read "Maria Schneider, Joe Morris, Rick Cutler and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we open with music off the brilliant new album by Maria Schneider's Orchestra, Data Lords. Also featured are Petr Cancura, Micah Thomas, Ben Rosenblum and David Billingsley and we explore the connections between these emerging artists and masters like Bob Brookmeyer, Joe Morris and Rick Cutler. Enjoy the show! Playlist Maria Schneider Orchestra “Sputnik" Data Lords (ArtistShare) 00:00 Host talks 7:57 Bob Brookmeyer “It's So Peaceful in the Country" Essential Jazz Masters (Classics) 10:54 Petr Cancura ...

RADIO

Big Band Suites - Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Rufus Reid, Darcy James Argue, Brian Krock

Read "Big Band Suites - Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Rufus Reid, Darcy James Argue, Brian Krock" reviewed by Russell Perry

Duke Ellington envisioned long-form jazz compositions before the technology was created to support them. After being limited to around six minutes on two sides of a 78 RPM disc, the advent of the 12' Long-Playing record liberated Ellington and other jazz composers to conceive and record extended compositions. Several contemporary composers are continuing to explore the format with enthusiasm. Recent suites from Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Rufus Reid, Darcy James Argue and Brian Krock in this hour of Jazz at ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Maria Schneider: Data Lords

Read "Data Lords" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Well someone doesn't seem too happy with the digital world. But that's nothing new for Maria Schneider. The Grammy-award winning composer and bandleader has been an outspoken critic of copyright abuses in the digital and streaming world of music for the biggest part of the last decade. On her newest effort, she sets her justified quarrels with the industry to music by juxtaposing the cold world of ones and zeroes, comprised on the first CD titled “The Digital World," in ...

RADIO

Close Your Eyes: Celebrating Bernice Petkere

Read "Close Your Eyes: Celebrating Bernice Petkere" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Included are new releases from the Maria Schneider Orchestra, pianist Nicole Zuraitis, vocal artist Jay Clayton and DuoTrio led by trumpeter Daniel Nissenbaum, with birthday shoutouts to Bernice Petkere (Close Your Eyes, Lullaby of the Leaves), George Shearing, Bill Evans, Cyrille Aimee, Pat Metheny, Lorraine Desmarais, Mary Stallings, Fostina Dixon and more. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown. Playlist La Lucha “Lullaby of the Leaves/Lullaby ...

INTERVIEW

Maria Schneider: On Worlds Diverged

Read "Maria Schneider: On Worlds Diverged" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

We stand today at an intersection between two realities. On one side there's digital darkness—an underbelly of networked netherworlds, profiteers building fortunes on the collective back of musicians, sinister forces posing as corporate protagonists—and on the other, pure light given over through nature's gifts, a kindness and humanity that grace daily existence, and the beauty and interconnectivity of art in its many forms. The act of recognizing how these macrocosms stand as foe vs. friend has been obscured by the ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Maria Schneider Orchestra: Data Lords

Read "Data Lords" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Composer Maria Schneider has long been writing and speaking about the dangers of the omnipresent digital universe, intellectual property theft, gathering and manipulation of personal data by big tech companies, the unchecked proliferation of false and misleading material, and so on. Those concerns form the basis of her latest musical project, Data Lords, a 2 CD set examining the conflicting realities of the digital and real worlds. The two CDs are labeled “The Digital World" and “Our Natural ...


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