Concert in the Garden

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Concert in the Garden
Concert in the Garden Cover.jpg
Studio album by Maria Schneider
Released2004 (2004)
RecordedMarch 8–11, 2004
StudioAvatar Studios, New York City
GenreJazz, big band
LabelArtistShare
ProducerMaria Schneider
Maria Schneider chronology
Allégresse
(2000)
Concert in the Garden
(2004)
Sky Blue
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars[2]

Concert in the Garden is the fourth studio album by American jazz composer Maria Schneider. The album was released in 2004 by 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, Allégresse, 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]

Compared to previous albums, this album is more classical than jazz, with a greater influence of Brazilian, Spanish, and flamenco music.[3]

Reception[edit]

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

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

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Maria Schneider.

No.TitleLength
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. ^ La Gorce, Tammy. "Concert in the Garden". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9 ed.). Penguin. pp. 1268–1269.
  3. ^ a b c Conrad, Thomas (1 October 2004). "Concert in the Garden". JazzTimes. Retrieved 26 November 2017.

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