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Maria Schneider Orchestra - The Thompson Fields / arts desk Album of the Year for 2015

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The Arts Desk Album of the Year for 2015 is The Thompson Fields, a stunningly beautiful collection of eight new pieces by the acclaimed composer, arranger and bandleader, Maria Schneider. It's one of those incredibly rare albums in which every element – breathtaking textural detail, gorgeous melodies, transfixing solos and the sheer expressively of the playing – comes together in a kind of magical alignment.

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