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Monday, January 30, 2006

To the Maria Schneider Ochestra yesterday, at the Albright-Knox Art of Jazz series. There really is nothing quite like a Big Band, and this one didn't skimp: four trumpets, four trombones, piano, bass, drums and guitar, and an accordian for good measure. Schneider's band plays all originals, and although there is plainly a Gil Evans influence, the sound was entirely distinctive. Particularly notable, I thought, was the work of first trumpet Ingrid Jensen, especially on the flügelhorn solo she took on "Hang Gliding". It almost sounded as though it was being played through an effects pedal, but no, the depth of sound she achieved was all her-- very impressive.

Schneider conducts, the first time I've seen that in a jazz context-- interesting and not the distraction I would have thought.

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