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Maria’s A Winner & Sonny Is Too

Read "Maria’s A Winner & Sonny Is Too" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Sometimes in this business, you get so saturated with new music that your ears are paralyzed. The blues to the rescue, including Dexter Gordon singing with his voice, not just the saxophone. We also salute and celebrate Maria Schneider's receipt of a Jazz Masters' Award this spring from the National Endowment for the Arts. The first 2019 segment of our Sonny Rollins retrospective precedes Maria, with the 1951 Dig sessions with Miles. Then we turn reflective at this start of ...

INTERVIEWS

Maria Schneider: On the Road Again

Read "Maria Schneider: On the Road Again" reviewed by Mark Robbins

Five time Grammy Award winner Maria Schneider and her eighteen-piece collective, some of the finest musicians on the jazz scene today, is on the road in 2018. All About Jazz spoke to the composer/arranger about her work, her love of music and her involvement and commitment to improve on the Music Modernization Act during a stop-over on the tour. The interview was conducted via telephone. All About Jazz: Good morning, Maria and welcome to Virginia. Maria ...

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Them There Eyes & Songs for the New Year

Read "Them There Eyes & Songs for the New Year" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Welcome September and happy New Year! In the first hour, a celebration of songs by Doris Tauber (composer of “Them There Eyes" and “Drinking Again"), followed by artists covering songs by Maria Schneider, and new releases to herald the change of season. Playlist Rachel Z “All I Want" from Moon at the Window (SHRAPNEL (ORCH)) 00:00 Ian Shaw “Chelsea Morning" from Drawn to All Things(Linn Records) 05:08 Claire Martin “Two Grey Rooms" from Time & Place (Linn ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Molde International Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Molde International Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Moldejazz Festival Molde, Norway July 16-21, 2018 The Moldejazz festival is the second oldest in Europe--it was started in 1961, just one year behind Ljubljana, in 1960--and is still the most important one in Norway. It was here that Keith Jarrett and Jan Garbarek took their first steps in creating the Allentown pianist's “European quartet." It was here too, even earlier, that Garbarek came into contact with George Russell, the composer and pianist from ...

CATCHING UP WITH

Maria Schneider on "The Thompson Fields"

Read "Maria Schneider on "The Thompson Fields"" reviewed by Marta Ramon

Maria Schneider is one of the most influential artists on the international jazz scene. Her open minded approach has led her to become a referent as a composer without being tagged to a specific genre. In the jazz panorama, she receives recognition for her impeccable, beautiful and meaningful compositions as well as for her passionate and determined work as a conductor of her orchestra. The Thompson Fields (ArtistShare, 2015) marks the first Maria Schneider Orchestra release in eight years. With ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Maria Schneider Orchestra: The Thompson Fields

Read "The Thompson Fields" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

At the time Maria Schneider released Evanescence (Enja, 1994), big band jazz--especially in the US--was overly predictable and indecisively hanging on like ballroom music in a ghost town. Schneider, while embracing the best practices of earlier legendary big band leaders and her mentors, Gil Evans and Bob Brookmeyer, had added unconventional elements to her own compositions. With each release she has become more of an avant-garde impressionist capturing the beauty and sadness of a nomadic soul wandering through what was ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Maria Schneider Orchestra: The Thompson Fields

Read "The Thompson Fields" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The singular achievement of Maria Schneider is to merge the particular with the universal: to use her very personal experiences and memories as grist for music which is aurally beautiful and deeply infused with love. This love originates from Schneider the person and artist; it is amplified and returned by those directly involved in the creation of this work through the ArtistShare process (including those who commissioned “Arbiters of Evolution," “Home" and “Lembranca"); finally, it is received by ...


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