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Maria Schneider Orchestra

Academic journal article Notes

Maria Schneider Orchestra

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Maria Schneider Orchestra. Live at the Jazz Standard: Days of Wine and Roses. ArtistShare 0017, 2005.

More than most, Maria Schneider's big band deserves to be called an "orchestra"--not only due to the complex richness of its sound, but because of the highly sophisticated and deeply musical way that Schneider makes use of its impressive resources. In 2004 Schneider won a Grammy for her Concert in the Garden album, and the ensuing acclaim led her to reissue this, her first live recording, which had its first release in 2000 (and was originally packaged with a bottle of wine, making it impossible for fans in some states to receive copies through the mail). The program is a pleasing mix of early Schneider compositions and jazz standards, the latter seemingly chosen for their capacity to sustain lush and innovative arrangements. They include the title track, probably Henry Mancini's most widely known composition (after the Pink Panther theme, that is) and a richly inventive setting of "Over the Rainbow" that opens with an alto saxophone variation on the original melody rather than the familiar tune itself. …

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