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Maria Schneider - The Thompson Fields makes 5 stars in The Telegraph's Best Jazz Albums of 2015

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The best jazz albums of 2015 will be regularly updated with picks from The Telegraph's jazz critic Ivan Hewett and culture editor Martin Chilton. There are 26 albums so far for 2015. Composer, arranger and bandleader Maria Schneider latest album - The Thompson Fieldssome 10 years in the making, shows just what a supple and powerful instrument a jazz orchestra can be

Schneider celebrates a long-awaited reunion with her vaunted jazz orchestra on The Thompson Fields, a homecoming nearly a decade in the making.  Featuring eight new original works by the leader, the album makes brilliant use of Schneider's 18-piece jazz orchestra, a long-standing ensemble that spotlights such first rank players as Donny McCaslin, Rich Perry, Frank Kimbrough and Lage Lund.  The performances reveal an ever-deepening relationship between Schneider and her musicians, many of whom she has worked with over a quarter of a century.  The album follows a momentous year that found Schneider's recent album Winter Morning Walks garnering three wins in the classical category of the 2014 GRAMMY Awards, making her one of the rare musicians to win GRAMMYs in both the jazz and classical categories. The CD is powered by ArtistShare andavailable exclusively at MariaSchneider.com.

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