The Flying Horse Big Band – “Florida Rays” Flying Horse Records
In my first review of a work from the Flying Horse Big Band, I wrote I was not sure what to expect. I had never heard of the guys from Orlando, FL before and while their name sort of gave things away, it was not completely indicative of what was inside. Well, with three other reviews now under my belt, and having enjoyed them all, I know exactly what to expect. Band, no, make that orchestra director Jeff Rupert is obviously endeared to big band music. In their latest release, “Florida Rays,” the guys from the “Sunshine State” have released a thirteen-track tribute to the legendary Ray Charles, who was also born in Florida. While Charles released works in a variety of genres, jazz, R&B, pop, and country to name a few, The Flying Horse band covers many of Charles’ greatest hits with their own special twist. I must believe that somewhere I wrote “the world needs a little more big band music.” If I didn’t, I should have. Hearing tunes like “Hit The Road Jack,” “What I Say” and “Unchain My Heart” done in a big band style was stylistically magnificent. When I knew the words to the songs, I sang along, When I didn’t, I sort of sung / hummed along. I was having fun. If big band music is in any way liked, this is a really spectacular work and a great listen. I can’t wait to see what the “Horse Band” comes up with next.