UpClose: Maria Schneider

Mike Lawson • Archives • October 21, 2006

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By Christian Wissmuller

Maria Schneider’s dense and complex arrangements have distinguished her as one of the premier creative forces in avant-jazz since the release of her first album, Evanescence, in 1992. Taking her cues from the likes of Gil Evans and Bob Brookmeyer, Schneider’s compositional voice is nonetheless unmistakably original, featuring elegant voicings and powerful shifts of mood.

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