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Maria Schneider's Jazz Orchestra Evokes Rural America

Maria Schneider's big band has remained together nearly 25 years, extending into the 21st century the orchestral jazz tradition exemplified by Duke Ellington and her mentor Gil Evans. "The Thompson Fields" is her first new jazz orchestra recording in eight years, and the result is a masterpiece likely to garner multiple Grammy nominations.   The CD opens with "Walking by Flashlight,'' an instrumental adaptation of a theme from her 2013 album, "Winter...

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