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First Listen: The Thompson Fields - Maria Schneider

Bandleader, arranger and composer Maria Schneider has made an incredible record. She was once a student of Bob Brookmyers and the assistant to Gil Evans, and 22 years after she started her orchestra, her new album The Thompson Fields brings all of Maria’s talents together to create a masterpiece.

The recording is a celebration of her rural upbringing in Minnesota; the fields being those of her neighbours, the Thompsons. This music is rich and dense with harmonies and mixed moods but always accessible. The Thompson Fields is stunning new recording.

"Walking by Flashlight" is your First Listen for June 12.

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