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Maria Schneider Orchestra - The Thompson Fields Picked No. 1 in NPR Jazz Critics Poll

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NPR Music is pleased to present the results of a poll where 147 jazz critics selected their favorite recordings of 2015.

Inspired by orchestra leader Maria Schneider's recent visit to her childhood hometown in rural Minnesota, this year's other winner is a masterpiece of uncategorizable modern composition. It's frequently similar in reach to Aaron Copland, but recognizably jazz even before the soloists step in. As with virtually all of Schneider's music these last 25 years, the thread unifying these eight ecologically-themed pieces is the idea of memory as the one place where beauty never fades.

Maria Schneider Orchestra - The Thompson Fields Picked No. 1 in NPR Jazz Critics Poll