Recently I have discovered several new big band CDs that are outstanding. It's always a pleasure to find new big band CDs because this type of CD is so expensive to record, not to mention the difficulty of getting all the members of the band together in the same place at the same time. But there is no stopping big bands and the musicians who love to play a part in producing wonderful music! Today I have the pleasure of reviewing the "The Flying Horse Big Band" directed by Jeff Rupert. This CD is a collaboration with the UCF Studio Orchestra made up students from
UCF'S Jazz Studies program. These students are first-class musicians and playing together this band really cooks!
There is a beautiful version of John Lennon's "Imagine" by Jeff "T-Bone Gerard and a superb recording of "Round Midnight"tby the Jazz Professors who teach in the UCF Jazz Studies Program including the band director, Jeff Rupert producing lush and warm tones from Tenor Sax. It's an outstanding recording!
The playlist chosen for this CD is from the A-list of Jazz composers: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Bob Mintzer.
I have attached two "YouTubes" that highlight how good this band and its talented musicians are. The first one is the first cut on the CD " a musical gem from Miles Davis, "The Serpent's Tooth". The second is perhaps the most famous composition from Monk, "Round Midnight". You must add this CD to your big band collection.
"The Serpent's Tooth"