Maria Schneider: Bird Count
Maria Schneider (leader)
Days of Wine and Roses: Live at the Jazz Standard (ArtistShare 0017)
Laurie Frink, Greg Gisbert, Tony Kadleck (trumpets/flugelhorns), Rock Ciccarone, George Flynn, Keith O’Quinn (trombones), Rick Margitza, Rich Perry, Charles Pillow, Tim Ries (reeds), Ben Monder (guitar), Tony Scherr (bass), Tim Horner (drums).
Composed by Maria Schneider.
Recorded: live at the Jazz Standard, New York, January 2000
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Maria Schneider wrote "Bird Count," a tribute to Parker and Basie, while still at Eastman School of Music over 25 years ago. It has since become her most common set closer, a rousing blues that ended many a night during her longtime residency at Visiones Jazz Club in New York from 1994-1998. It also closes this live date from the Jazz Standard, a superb display of Schneider's immense writing and arranging talents. Days of Wine and Roses combines Schneider's strongest collection of regular players (Jensen, Ciccarone, Ries, Robinson, Monder, Kimbrough, Scherr, Horner) with some of the finest compositions of her career, including "Lately," "The Willow," "My Ideal" and "Bird Count." Note excellent blues solos from pianist Kimbrough, trumpeter Jensen (the track's highlight), trombonist Farrell and baritone saxophonist Robinson. A standout track from the modern purveyor of the Bob Brookmeyer/Thad Jones/Mel Lewis arranging style.
Reviewer: Eric Novod