Concert in the Garden

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Concert in the Garden
Concert in the Garden Cover.jpg
Studio album by Maria Schneider
Released 2004 (2004)
Recorded 8–11 March 2004
Studio Avatar Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz, big band
Label ArtistShare
Producer Maria Schneider
Maria Schneider chronology
Allégresse
(2000)Allégresse2000
Concert in the Garden
(2004)
Sky Blue
(2007)Sky Blue2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars[2]

Concert in the Garden is the fourth studio album by American jazz composer Maria Schneider. The album was released in 2004 through ArtistShare and won the Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2005.

Background[edit]

Schneider's three previous albums were nominated for Grammy Awards, but the previous one, Allegresse, was released four years before Concert in the Garden. The delay has been attributed to the financial difficulty of recording with large groups, which are required for the music that Schneider writes.[3]

Music[edit]

The compositions on Schneider's album are "more influenced by Spanish, flamenco and Brazilian forms than any of her previous works". "Choro Dançado" contains interwoven formal motives, leading to a tenor saxophone solo by Rich Perry. "Pas de Deux" builds slowly in intensity, increasing in volume when Ingrid Jensen's flugelhorn and Charles Pillow's soprano saxophone join in. "Dança Ilusória" consists of a "through-composed line, with jewel-like solos embedded in it from Frank Kimbrough and trombonist Larry Farrell". "Buleria, Soleá y Rumba" also begins quietly, with the tenor saxophone of Donny McCaslin appearing over the orchestra and gradually pulling it along.[3]

Reception[edit]

The Jazz Times review was largely positive, commenting that "Three Romances" and "Buleria, Solea y Rumba" "are revelatory in their complete realization", but that the solos on the other piece "are not strong enough to provide sufficient contrast to the piece's slow, hovering progress".[3]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz gave it a maximum four stars and included it in its recommended Core Collection. It also stated that "Concert in the Garden" was a weakness, but that overall the album was "the great achievement of her career so far".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Maria Schneider.

No. Title Length
1. "Concert in the Garden" 11:57
2. "Three Romances: Choro Dançado" 9:45
3. "Three Romances: Pas de Deux" 9:02
4. "Three Romances: Dança Ilusória" 9:05
5. "Bulería, Soleá y Rumba" 18:24

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard and Morton, Brian (2008) The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.) Penguin, pp. 1268-9.
  3. ^ a b c Conrad, Thomas (October 2004) "Maria Schneider Orchestra: Concert in the Garden" Jazz Times.

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