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by Mica Bethea Big Band

This 2 disk set of music features the beauty of recording a big band in the studio and live in concert with many amazing arrangements by up and coming composer/arranger Mica Bethea and incredible solos from the top musicians in the North Florida region.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hang up Your Hangups
7:41 album only
2. Jonesin' for Thad
4:47 $0.99
3. Tenderly
7:02 $0.99
4. Frahm out of Nowhere
7:01 $0.99
5. Coal
7:18 $0.99
6. Our Love Is Here to Stay
6:36 album only
7. Birth Rite
7:38 $0.99
8. Wind Warriors
9:07 $0.99
9. Hang up Your Hangups (Live)
7:32 album only
10. Jonesin' for Thad (Live)
4:37 $0.99
11. Birth Rite (Live)
7:55 $0.99
12. Frahm out of Nowhere (Live)
6:53 $0.99
13. Self Defense (Live)
7:10 $0.99
14. Stormy Weather (Live)
9:44 album only
15. Just Friends (Live)
7:12 album only
16. Our Love Is Here to Stay (Live)
6:32 album only
17. Coal (Live)
6:35 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
“Mica Bethea’s writing for large jazz ensemble incorporates the best of the genre’s contemporary tradition - Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider - while forging ahead with an exquisite and singular voice. This is exciting and vital ensemble jazz for the 21st century. Kudos to Mica and his wonderful group of musicians on making a brilliant new statement.”

-Geoffrey Keezer
pianist/ educator/ Grammy nominee

“I am always delighted when I discover an artist who is new to me who makes a deep impression upon first listening to their music. It is not often that I hear newly written and arranged large jazz ensemble compositions that cover stylistic territory so convincingly and creatively. The writing is beautiful and colorful, always moving somewhere new, and the playing of this excellent and spirited ensemble teems with joy. The mastery and musicality is palpable.The lovely and plaintive "Birth Rite" is especially moving. I don't have enough superlatives for Mica's accomplishment here. This is a case where the music truly speaks for itself, and what it's saying to you will hit you hard and deep, right in your soul.”

-Joel Frahm
saxophonist extraordinaire

“I am a product of UNF. I was there with Rich Matteson, Jack Peterson, Bill Prince and Bunky Green when this wonderful movement and first generation of Jazz at UNF in Jacksonville started. 28 years later, I must say that the flame is burning brighter than ever… This recording is first class. The arrangements by Mica are sophisticated, complex yet soulful. What a fantastic crew of cats to perform these great arrangements. This band is first class. One of those rare bands that can execute multiple styles… The writing is beyond original and spectacular.” 

-Marcus Printup
jazz educator/ trumpeter with the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra

“Mica Bethea has roots in the music and culture of Jazz. That means America.  Jazz is America, so that means you feel the blues, swing, rhythm, funk, fusion, toe-tapping, dancing, the past, present and the future.  My own soul is encouraged to hear the skill and depth in his writing, and you can hear that it has attracted the finest musicians in the area in order to realize its potential.”

-Michael Dease
Professor of Jazz Trombone at Michigan State University
two-time grammy award winning trombonist



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