Maria Schneider: Hang Gliding


Hang Gliding


Maria Schneider


Allégresse (Enja 9393)

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Tim Ries (soprano sax, clarinet, flute, alto flute), Charles Pillow (alto sax, soprano sax, clarinet, flute, piccolo, oboe, English horn), Rich Perry (tenor sax, flute), Rick Margitza (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute), Scott Robinson (baritone sax, bass sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, alto flute), Tony Kadleck (trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn), Greg Gisbert (trumpet, flugelhorn), Laurie Frink (trumpet, flugelhorn), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet, flugelhorn), Dave Ballou (trumpet, flugelhorn), Keith O'Quinn (trombone), Rock Ciccarone (trombone), Larry Farrell (trombone), George Flynn (bass trombone), Ben Monder (guitar), Frank Kimbrough (piano), Tony Scherr (bass), Tim Horner (drums), Jeff Ballard (percussion).

Composed and arranged by Maria Schneider


Recorded: January 26 and 27, 2000


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

As a major figure in contemporary big band composition, Mrs. Schneider's use of lush textures and complex, yet satisfying, layers of sound give away her influences—namely Gil Evans and Bob Brookmeyer—without destroying her own personal sound. Maria wrote "Hang Gliding," the opening track of her third album, after an experience hang gliding in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. With inspiring solos by Greg Gisbert and Rick Margitza, which play in and around the written material, this composition captures the joyous feeling of flying. It all sounds so natural, listeners may be surprised to discover that “Hang Gliding” is written in an odd meter. Quite an accomplishment.

Reviewer: Darren Mueller

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