Winter Morning Walks is the first partnership between Schneider and Upshaw, bringing together two preeminent figures in jazz and classical music. Schneider has been commissioned to compose for jazz orchestras and artists all over the world, has won two GRAMMY Awards and has been nominated for several more. Writing for TIME Magazine, Terry Teachout said, "To call Schneider the most important woman in jazz is missing the point two ways. She's a major composer-period." Upshaw was also deemed "one of the most consequential performers of our time" by the LA TIMES, is a multiple GRAMMY winner and MacArthur Fellow, and has performed at the Metropolitan Opera over 300 times. In 2004 Schneider pioneered the fan-funding model by becoming the first artist to sign with ArtistShare® to release 'Concert In The Garden,' the first web-exclusive recording to win a GRAMMY.
There's a wealth of information to be found inside the beautiful packaging that accompanies this release, but a brief Theodore Roosevelt quote may be the most telling piece of text to be found there. It reads: "There is nothing more practical in the end than the preservation of beauty, than the preservation of anything that appeals to the higher emotions in mankind." That really says it all about this artist and her work, for there is nobody more capable of harnessing emotions in music and projecting and preserving the beauty and power of the natural world in sound than Maria Schneider. She's demonstrated that time and again, and she does it once more on this awe-inspiring release.
Repeating the formula of Low's half-vocal/half-instrumental structure, Heroes develops and strengthens the sonic innovations David Bowie and Brian Eno explored on their first collaboration. The vocal songs are fuller, boasting harder rhythms and deeper layers of sound. Much of the harder-edged sound of Heroes is due to Robert Fripp's guitar, which provides a muscular foundation for the electronics, especially on the relatively conventional rock songs…
DAVID BOWIE David Bowie Box (Deleted 2007 UK strictly limited edition 10-CD box set comprising 5 x 2-CD sets of the albums 'Outside', 'Earthling', 'Hours', 'Heathen' & 'Reality'; all with Bonus Discs containing remixes from Moby, Marius deVries & more, bonus material [previously released on special editions], extra tracks from single releases and covers of classics such as 'Waterloo Sunset'; all presented in mini LP-style card picture sleeves complete with individual booklets and housed in a picture slipcase. While late-period Bowie was more a stylistic interpreter than the innovator of the 1970s, this collection has many high points, notably a version of the Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset" and a series of reworkings of the artist's own "Rebel Rebel."