GRAMMY–NOMINATED – Best Large Jazz Ensemble Recording
GRAMMY–NOMINATED – Best Instrumental Composition ("Evanescence")
"If, like me, you miss the airy orchestral jazz of Gil Evans, this CD is proof that dreams do come true. … this is exciting, rich-textured music from a major new voice."
– DENVER POST – Jeff Bradley
"This recording is one of the most promising big band debuts in a long time … Somebody should send this orchestra out on the road."
– LOS ANGELES TIMES – Bill Kohlhaase
"She displays an impressive range, in the construction of pieces where the architecture owes more to the philosophy and aesthetics of the builders of finely chiseled cathedrals, than to today’s concrete frenzy. There is here, obviously at work, a strength and a conviction which knows the price of liberty, and the necessity, for this liberty, to be anchored to a form, at once open and safely marked out, to avoid getting lost. In such a sumptuous case (a velvet hand in an iron glove), the soloists give the best of themselves, and, perhaps, even more (Margitza, Ries, Monder, Hagans, Werner and, mostly, Perry)."
– JAZZ MAGAZINE – Jean-Paul Ricard (translated from French)
"Maria Schneider has surfaced with perhaps the most stimulating big band quest in recent memory. Evanescence – named for her association with mentor/teacher Gil Evans – documents Schneider’s masterful light and shade nuances of big band composing and arranging. … Evanescence surpasses mere intellect as she unveils a sense of drama and agility to an otherwise lumbering genre."
– GAVIN REPORT
"She does very well indeed on her debut, Evanescence. With soloists such as trumpeter Tim Hagans, tenor saxist Rick Margitza and pianist Kenny Werner, plus finely crafted arrangements touched by Gil Evans and George Russell, she is already a force."
– SUNDAY WORLD-HERALD – Will Smith
"Listen to the way the rhythm section is allowed to breathe, kick up its heels, and take the music to a new level on “Green Piece."
– THE LOS ANGELES READER – Kirk Silsbee
"And some say jazz is dying! Each month brings its surprises: here is somebody almost unknown, Maria Schneider, composer and arranger, former assistant of Gil Evans, who, quite simply, signs one of the most exciting large band albums of this time. . … Maria Schneider builds her own universe, the one of a colorist with a large palette aware, between freedom and exactness, of the exact frontier to reach efficiency."
– [Publication unknown] Alain Tercinet (Translated from French)
"In an age when many jazz artists seem content to recreate the past, it’s comforting to know that some musicians are still looking for new sounds. Composer Maria Schneider’s new album Evanscence on the Enja label is a case in point. Using a big band made up of young, top flight players, Schneider paints musical pictures, mainly in subtle colors. … Maria Schneider has learned will from Gil Evans how to create moods and how to craft arrangements that support soloists.
[Evanescence] bursts with splendor in the nine original compositions which make up Evanescence, perhaps the most accomplished of all large orchestra records made since the famous The Individualism of Gil Evans (1963, Verve). Maria Schneider goes back to the orchestral style of writing prior to the “electric” trend of the seventies, with much more creativity."
– TELERAMA – Michel Contat (translated from French)
"… Forty-eight years later, big bands are the dinosaurs of the music business – unwieldy, expensive and, some think, headed inexorably for extinction. But try telling that to the 17 musicians, who gather every Monday night at Visiones, a Greenwich Village nightclub, to play the music of Maria Schneider, a slight, strawberry-blond woman who, at the age of 33, is regarded by a rapidly growing number of insiders as one of the most promising young jazz composers in the world."
– WALL STREET JOURNAL – Terry Teachout
Mark Vinci - alto, flute, alto flute, clarinet and piccolo
Tim Ries - alto, soprano, flute and clarinet
Rich Perry - tenor and flute
Rick Margitza - tenor
Scott Robinson - baritone, bass sax, bass clarinet and clarinet
Tony Kadleck - trumpet
Greg Gisbert - trumpet
Laurie Frink - trumpet
Tim Hagans - trumpet
John Fedchock - trombone
Keith O'Quinn - trombone
Larry Farrell - trombone
George Flynn - bass trombone and tuba
Ben Monder - guitar
Kenny Werner - piano
Jay Anderson - bass
Dennis Mackrel - drums
Emidin Rivera - percussion on 'Gush'
Bil Hayes - flexatone on 'Gush'
All music by Maria Schneider
Digitally recorded September 1992 and mixed by Paul Wickliffe at Skyline Studios, NYC. Cover photo by Jimmy Katz.
Produced by Maria Schneider and John Fedchock
Assistant production by Whit Sidener