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UCF Flying Horse Big Band: Good News! (Flying Horse)

A review of the band's album featuring the work of four jazz giants and two contemporary composers

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UCF Flying Horse Big Band, Good News!
The cover of Good News! by the UCF Flying Horse Big Band

The Flying Horse Big Band digs deep into music from four jazz giants and two prominent contemporary composer-musicians for much of its newest recording, with a few nifty enhancements on this musical flight. There’s a bit of Miles, Trane, Monk, and Jobim, and a composition apiece from saxophonist Bob Mintzer and trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, who also arranged three other tracks.

The ensemble playing is solid throughout and solos are dominated by baritone saxophonist Saul Dautch and trombonist Jeremiah St. John. Miles Davis’ “The Serpent’s Tooth” is a high-flying showcase for Dautch and St. John, while “Vierd Blues,” credited to Davis but composed by John Coltrane (previously known as “John Paul Jones” and “Trane’s Blues”), is funked up with some Hammond organ work from Mikal Mancini and a guitar spotlight for Chris Medina.

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