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Album Review

Flying Horse Big Band: Florida Rays

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On its seventh recording, Florida Rays, the University of Central Florida's always dependable Flying Horse Big Band abandons its usual modus operandi—straight-from-the-hip contemporary jazz--to survey music associated with R&B legend (and Florida native) Ray Charles. As Charles, an accomplished musician, was best known as a vocalist, one might anticipate (correctly) that a handful of Charles' progeny would be stopping by to unmask their vocal talents. There are four singers in all: Rob Paparozzi, Vance Villastrigo, DaVonda Simmons and, last but ...

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The Flying Horse Big Band: The Bat Swings!

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Although The Bat Swings! could well be taken for a baseball analogy, the focus of this third CD by the University of Central Florida's high-powered Flying Horse Big Band is on music associated with the campy Batman TV series from the late 1960s that starred Adam West as the masked superhero and Burt Ward as his sidekick, Robin. The album embodies themes by the celebrated composers Nelson Riddle, Neal Hefti and Paul Francis Webster with arrangements by Michael Philip Mossman, ...

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The Jazz Professors: Live from the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival / Do That Again

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The Jazz Professors aren't wearing any hats they don't own; the fact is, they really are Professors in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Instead of letting the students have all the fun, however, the Professors have recorded three albums of their own, the second Live from UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival, the third and most recent Do That Again, this one in a studio. Lest anyone assume these are “vanity" enterprises, it should be noted ...

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University of Central Florida Jazz Ensemble 1: Jazz Town / The Blues Is Alright

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The state of Florida, not usually thought of as a hotbed of jazz, has become a breeding ground for those who may someday be counted among the music's best and brightest, thanks to the state's several widely praised undergraduate Jazz Studies programs that are churning out well-schooled musicians almost as fast as Ben and Jerry's churns out ice cream. In addition to the University of Miami's renowned curriculum, there are first-rate programs at Florida International University, the universities of North, ...


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