Flying Horse Big Band is reviewed by Jazzweekly

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The Flying Big Horse Big Band: Good News!

Directed by Jeff Rupert, the Flying Horse Big Band delivers clever charts of vintage jazz tunes and adds new colors to the palate in the process. The 18 member band sounds right at home with bopping material like Miles Davis’ “The Serpent’s Tooth” and “Vierd Blues,” and sand blasts them by adding a B# and grooving electric bass on the salsa’d latter, and flexing muscular charts and Saul Dautch’s beefy baritone sax on the former. Sounding like an orchestra for 1960s TV shows, the team gets hip and cool on a suave “Agua De Beber,” featuring Jeremiah St. John’s trombone sliding into second, and “a bluesy B movie of “Trinkle, Tinkle” with him doing a hook slide into third. The flutes float for a dreamy interpretation of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and the horns give a clarion call for a kinetic groover on Bob Mintzer’s title track. A orchestra with string section gives extra texture to a handful of pieces, particularly on a rich  “’Round Midnight.” If this band ever tours, get a ticket to a show.

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