Mason Jazz | Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Swing

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Swing

by Mason Jazz

This eclectic mix of jazz includes recordings from six ensembles at George Mason University: Big Band, Combo, Afro-Cuban, Steel Pan, Traditional Jazz and Jazz Vocal Ensemble. Arrangements by Sammy Nestico, Duke Ellington, Darmon Meader, and more...
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Magic Flea (feat. Big Band)
3:14 $0.99
2. I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me (feat. Vocal Ensemble)
3:47 $0.99
3. Cha Cha Cha (feat. Afro-Cuban Ensemble)
4:12 $0.99
4. Samba Ouro Verde (feat. Steel Pan Ensemble)
4:25 $0.99
5. Washboard Wiggles (feat. Traditional Jazz Ensemble)
3:25 $0.99
6. Yesterdays (feat. Small Ensemble)
4:44 $0.99
7. Stardust (feat. Big Band)
4:49 $0.99
8. Minor Swing (feat. Traditional Jazz Ensemble)
3:08 $0.99
9. Afro-Cuban Fantasy (feat. Afro-Cuban Ensemble)
7:09 $0.99
10. Spontaneous Reggae (feat. Steel Pan Ensemble)
3:21 $0.99
11. Blues in Hoss' Flat (feat. Big Band)
4:54 $0.99
12. This I Dig of You (feat. Small Ensemble)
4:01 $0.99
13. Cottontail (feat. Big Band)
3:25 $0.99
14. Run to You (feat. Vocal Ensemble)
3:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
This CD represents a new era of Mason Jazz Studies. Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Darden Purcell leads the Jazz Vocal program which is represented by tracks "I Can't Believe You're In Love with Me" and the Pentatonix hit "Run To You." The top big band, the Mason Jazz Ensemble (directed by saxophonist Jim Carroll) can be heard swingin' their way through Nestico's "Magic Flea" and Count Basie's "Blues in Hoss' Flat." The Jazz Combo program, run by pianist Wade Beach, is represented by "This I Dig of You" and Jerome Kern's "Yesterdays." A star in the Steel Pan world, Victor Provost has brought his expertise to Mason, that can be heard on the tracks "Samba Ouro Verde" and "Spontaneous Reggae." World-renowned Traditional Jazz expert Dave Robinson leads an excellent ensemble, navigating "Early Jazz" of the 20th Century with "Washboard Wiggles" and "Minor Swing." Latin-Grammy award-winning bandleader and drummer, Joe McCarthy directs the Mason Afro-Cuban Ensemble on tracks "Cha Cha Cha" and "Afro-Cuban Fantasy."

George Mason University is located 20 minutes outside Washington D.C. Visit Mason Jazz Studies online at For more information about the program, contact Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Darden Purcell at



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