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Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group. The Maria Schneider Orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls worldwide


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Allison Au: Migrations

Read "Migrations" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Canadian saxophonist Allison Au says she was drawn to the simplicity of a jazz quartet “as a vehicle for realizing the visions of my original compositions." Charlie Parker must have felt the same way; Art Pepper, too. And John Coltrane. Au stuck to this format for her Wander Wonder (Self Produced, 2018) and 2017's self-produced Forest ...


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Gerardo Pepe: Orchestrando Piano

Read "Orchestrando Piano" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Mostra doti di prim'ordine il giovane orchestratore e bandleader pugliese, al suo debutto discografico con una piccola orchestra di giovani e giovanissimi. Lo stesso Gerardo Pepe aveva da poco superato i trent'anni al momento dell'incisione (novembre 2021), realizzata dopo un brillante curriculum: diploma con lode in pianoforte classico al conservatorio Martini di Bologna e laurea di ...

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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Dynamic Maximum Tension

Read "Dynamic Maximum Tension" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Precursore nel 2009 (con l'innovativo Infernal Machines) del nuovo rinascimento orchestrale nel jazz, Darcy James Argue approda all'etichetta Nonesuch e pubblica il nuovo album in studio: un doppio CD realizzato con i consueti partner della Secret Society più l'aggiunta della cantante Cecile McLorin Salvant e della violinista Sara Caswell. A differenza degli ultimi ...


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Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra: Open Spaces

Read "Open Spaces" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The subtitle of this album is “Folk Songs Reimagined" and Daniel Hersog uses a very liberal meaning for the term “folk song" here. He includes traditional folk songs on this album, in addition to familiar tunes by Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot and his own folk-based compositions. All are given a glistening polish in the sweeping ...


Article: Liner Notes

Lage Lund: Idlewild

Read "Lage Lund: Idlewild" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

An open and revealing format for any artist, the jazz trio offers rewards on many levels. Left in veracious hands, there is a spacious pocket that can be filled by any number of rhythmic and harmonic ideas, not to mention a freedom in melodic phrases which don't have to be constrained by strict chordal structures. On ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jotting Down Notes / The Arrangers: Part 2

Read "Jotting Down Notes / The Arrangers: Part 2" reviewed by Monk Rowe


Article: Liner Notes

Jonathan Kreisberg: Night Songs

Read "Jonathan Kreisberg: Night Songs" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Although technical proficiency and filigreed improvisations often catch the attention of the average jazz fan, those in the know will insist that you can't really evaluate the mettle of a jazz musician until you hear how he interprets a ballad. Memorable efforts from the jazz cannon that fruitfully establish a reflective mood over the length of ...


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Javier Nero Jazz Orchestra: Kemet (The Black Land)

Read "Kemet (The Black Land)" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On Kemet (The Black Land), trombonist/composer Javier Nero pays homage to a highly advanced African civilization that flourished before the Egyptian kingdom was established and thousands of years before the Greek and Roman empires that are hailed today as the pillars of modern/western culture. Even though Kemet is all but forgotten in 2023, Nero (whose name ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Large Jazz Ensembles: Gerald Wilson, Sun Ra and Others

Read "Large Jazz Ensembles: Gerald Wilson, Sun Ra and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

From June of this year, this is a show that features a varied selection of large jazz ensembles that delve into traditional and contemporary styles and sometimes even travel to the outer reaches of this music. Bandleaders and arrangers heard on the program include Gerald Wilson, Christine Jensen, Sun Ra, Bob Crosby, and Maria Schneider. There ...


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