“The elements of the modern jazz orchestra have never been more detailed and inspired than through the creative lens of composer Joshua Shneider. Encompassing tonal colors found in Swing, Latin and Blues traditions, Shneider’s musical output has reintroduced the excitement a jazz orchestra has to offer”.
-Eric Wendell, Hot House Magazine
“The Joshua Shneider’ Love Speaks Orchestra new recording is chock full of strong, well crafted harmonies with beautiful melodies and lush sonorities throughout. A very engaging big band outing with a small group feeling! BRAVO!”
-Rufus Reid, Jazz Bassist / Composer
“This album of contemporary original pieces shares some sensibilities with the music of Vince Mendoza and Maria Schneider and includes both straight and swinging tunes. The result is a fragrant blend of deeply mature music”.
-Jazz Life, Japan, January 2014
“Joshua Shneider hits the mark…. a command of the rules of mainstream orchestration, combining the basic tenets of the Thad Jones /Mel Lewis Orchestra with the refinement and harmonic timbre innovations of Gil Evans and Maria Schneider…orchestrations that reveal an aristocratic taste for contrasts of timbre and breezy writing, supporting the soloists with lightness and elegance.”
-Angel Leonardi, All About Jazz/Italy, March, 2014
“The sound is powerful and the band swings with a rhythm that draws you in. Shneider has a winner, one that we’ll listen to for a while!”
-D. Oscar Groomes
O’s Place Jazz Magazine
“What a pleasure it was to share the Love Speaks Orchestra record with our listeners. The band is phenomenal in and of itself but then when you add the talents of Dave Stryker and Lucy Woodward…this CD was one of the real gems of 2013 in my opinion”.
“One of the outstanding debuts of last year”
WWNO New Orleans
“Classic jazz orchestra sound. A demeanor smooth as silk, and a big sound that connects like a warm hug”.
“Here’s a big band with a big and fresh sound. Joshua Shneider wrote and/or arranged all of the material and conducts a band that not only is chock full of winds and brass, but includes Dave Stryker’s lithe guitar. Well crafted tunes such as ‘Dark Energy’ saunter with well harmonized horns, nice piano work by Bennett Paster and trombone soloing by Noah Bless. A latin-tinged ‘When Love Speaks’ has a cooking little percussion groove along with vocals by Lucy Woodward, who’s also featured on the intimate ‘Lost in the Stars’. Stryker delivers the goods on the intriguing ‘Cute Little Nightmare’ and the hip ‘Friction’ while clever ‘Twinsville’ features warm trumpet playing from Alex Norris. No rehashing here-lots of great ideas filling the room.”
– George W. Harris, January 23, 2014, Jazz Weekly