Maria Schneider Orchestra - Data Lords
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Based on 5 reviews
2020 Ratings: #15 / 793
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Based on 5 ratings
July 24, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jazz / Genres
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The Arts Desk
There are instrumental glories throughout this album, but the work of the low brass both as section and as individuals is quite unbelievable and is caught exceptionally well on the recording.

Data Lords dissects the impact of big data and the corporate internet on our creative lives, and contrasts it with the wonder and beauty of the natural world. This proves to be a rich and multifaceted theme for exploration in large scale orchestral jazz arrangements, and Schneider’s music and the improvised contributions of her band members perfectly express her ideas and feelings.

The Guardian
The US composer, bandleader and Bowie collaborator protests big tech’s invasion of our lives on this powerful new album.

Data Lords is a poignant and pointed jazz masterwork that adds weight and spiritual heft to our existential struggle.

The epic sweep of this double-CD – about finding space amid the digital world's endless chatter – hits bracing highs on the Google-mocking Don't Be Evil and Wagnerian dystopia of Sputnik.
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#17/NPR Music

Track List

  1. A World Lost
  2. Don’t Be Evil
  3. CQ CQ, Is Anybody There?
  4. Sputnik
  5. Data Lords
  6. Sanzenin
  7. Stone Song
  8. Look Up
  9. Braided Together
  10. Bluebird
  11. The Sun Waited for Me
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Added on: July 24, 2020