Sixth Release by the Concert Jazz Band!
“Flying Colors” is “top to bottom ... the strongest record, musically, we’ve put out to date,” White said. The album is the latest in a steady stream of releases under White; clearly, the perpetual musical motion both exhausts and satisfies the director. “I’m not really much for sunshine — I spend every summer” at recording engineer “Pete Szkolka’s place,” White joked. “ ... Neither of us tans well, so we’d rather do a CD instead.” As with most of the records, “Flying Colors” primarily revolves around student arrangements, which have grown stronger with each class. “I think our CDs have been a reflection of the development of the program,” White said. The album features multiple-Grammy winner Randy Brecker as well as Mainieri for a tune.
Bringing in respected collaborators gives White a chance to cast vision for his students, to help them see what the future could look like with enough luck and pluck. It “gives our students a view into the world-class window — how good can you be?” he said. But this record also shows how good White’s students already are. “We could do a CD without a guest artist, if we needed to,” he said. “We don’t have to have somebody to help us carry the weight anymore.”
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