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Maria Schneider Orchestra: Sky Blue

Read "Sky Blue" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Composer and orchestra leader Maria Schneider won her first Grammy for her 2004 ArtistShare album, Concert In The Garden, and now has garnered two Grammy nominations for her 2007 release, Sky Blue. Nominated for “Best Large Ensemble Album and “Best Instrumental Composition ("Cerulean Skies ), Schneider cements her reputation as one of the great composers of ...

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Maria Schneider Orchestra: Sky Blue

Read "Sky Blue" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

It will be very surprising if Maria Schneider's Sky Blue is not named as one of the most treasured albums of 2007. The album brings together the teachings of her mentor, Gil Evans, and, to some extent, the sweeping panoramas of Aaron Copland into a majestic orchestral setting. There is no question that Schneider's contributions as ...

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Maria Schneider: Sky Blue

Read "Sky Blue" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La ArtistShare è una casa discografica che si fonda su di una idea produttiva intelligente alla quale, con successo, stanno aderendo molti artisti americani. In pratica si tratta di trovare fans e appassionati disponibili ad autotassarsi secondo diverse possibilità e impegni per ricoprire il ruolo di produttori di un progetto discografico sul quale l’artista ha un controllo pressoché completo. Questi ...

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Maria Schneider Orchestra: Sky Blue

Read "Sky Blue" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

The warmest of accolades have already been heaped upon Maria Schneider's new record, and deservedly so. How, everyone seems to wonder, could Schneider possibly top the Grammy-winning Concert in the Garden (ArtistShare, 2004)? Forget that. How could she possibly top the first four minutes of “The Pretty Road," the track that opens Sky Blue? Somehow, Ingrid ...

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Maria Schneider Orchestra: Sky Blue

Read "Sky Blue" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Maria Schneider and her orchestra (and yes, it is an orchestra and not a band) demonstrate everything that is right with ArtistShare specifically and jazz in general, with the miraculous Sky Blue being but the latest example.

In a perfect world, ArtistShare would not have to exist, since record companies would deal honestly ...

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Maria Schneider Orchestra: Sky Blue

Read "Sky Blue" reviewed by John Kelman

There's a reason that composer/bandleader Maria Schneider calls her large ensemble an orchestra. The term “big band suggests a number of inherent expectations relating to historical tradition. Schneider's group may be configured like a big band--five reeds, four trumpets, four trombones with an expanded rhythm section--but the music she writes delves into territories considerably farther afield. ...

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Maria Schneider Orchestra: Sky Blue

Read "Sky Blue" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If you are fond of lovely music, and are able to look beyond categories and labels to unmask its allure, chances are you'll fall head-over-heels in love with Sky Blue, composer/arranger Maria Schneider's sixth album and third for ArtistShare. Having studied with Bob Brookmeyer and the late Gil Evans, and strived earlier in her career to ...

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Maria Schneider Orchestra: Sky Blue

Read "Sky Blue" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Maria Schneider says she takes great pleasure in making people sound their best. In an orchestral setting, nobody does it better. She proved that on Concert in the Garden (ArtistShare, 2004); and she raises the bar with Sky Blue. Schneider, like Duke Ellington before her, writes for her players, and on this disc she has incited ...