Thursday, May 23, 2024

Flying Horse Records artists: The Flying Horse Big Band - A Message From The Flying Horse Big Band - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, A Message From The Flying Horse Big Band, by The Flying Horse Big Band and it's energetic. Opening with Free For All, the band is off to a hard run featuring Josh Mercado, Adam Zapf, Robert Schmidt, Phebe Rich and Elijah Simmons on trumpet and hard driving James Fortune on drums. Edmond Quint Johnson lays on a nice tenor solo, joined by Paul Van Wormer on lead alto and Micah Silverstein on alto, Steven Grant on tenor and Noah Mosca on bari. Dan Parish, Ralph Rodriguez, Gabe Funk and Ben Fuller on trombone are on brass, Noah Charles lays in a nice guitar solo and Michael Santos on bass and Jack Hoag on piano rounds out the field. Peace is a real nice ballad featuring Mercado on solo trumpet and Parish on trombone. With it's warm melody and rich harmonies, it's certainly my choice track on the release. Johnson belts out a real nice tenor solo and Jamesly Jean-Mary holds down the drum spot. Very nice. Latin flavored, Gregory Is Here, features Van Wormer on alto, Charles on guitar and Parish on trombone, all taking strong solos adding beautifully to the mix. Silverstein really steps out on alto over the powerhouse horn section and Johnson adds a nice one of his own making this another of my favorites on the release. Wrapping the release is On The Ginza a brassy track with warm piano work by Hoag and plenty of punch. Van Wormer really sails on alto with plenty of sax work from the crew, Mercado's trumpet chops shine and Jean- Mary keeps the bottom tight. Solid closer. 

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