Q & A: Maria Schneider at the Ojai Music Festival

By Don Heckman Maria Schneider, composer, bandleader, and avid birdwatcher, has followed one of the jazz world’s most unique creative pathways since she arrived in New York, fresh out of college, in the mid-‘80s.  Although she studied and worked closely with Gil Evans, her composition style, from the beginning, has been her own.  For years,… Read More Q & A: Maria Schneider at the Ojai Music Festival

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CD Review: Danilo Perez “Across the Crystal Sea”

Danilo Perez “Across the Crystal Sea” (Decca) By Don Heckman Unabashed lyricism is the goal – desired and achieved – in this remarkable collaboration between composer/arranger Claus Ogerman and pianist Danilo Perez. The concept is similar to the 1965 album, “The Bill Evans Trio with Symphony Orchestra,” in which Ogerman adapted classical themes into settings… Read More CD Review: Danilo Perez “Across the Crystal Sea”