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The Bat Swings!

by Flying Horse Big Band

The Flying Horse Big Band presents ’60s superhero songs with new arrangements by Michael Philip Mossman, Harry Allen, Mark Taylor and more. The Bat Swings! captures the cool/geek syzygy of the Batman series and revitalizes the swing of '60s superheroes.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Batmobile to Airport
4:13 $0.99
2. Bat-Spin
0:04 $0.29
3. Batman Riddles the Riddler
4:57 $0.99
4. Bat-Spin II
0:04 $0.29
5. Batman Blues
7:09 $0.99
6. Spiderman Theme
3:03 $0.99
7. Bat-Spin III
0:04 $0.29
8. Kitka
8:17 $0.99
9. Bat-Spin IV
0:04 $0.29
10. Holy-Hole-in-the-Doughnut
6:28 $0.99
11. Bat-Spin V
0:04 $0.29
12. Murcielago En La Cueva (A Bat in the Cave)
5:40 $0.99
13. Amazing Grace (For Ira Sullivan)
5:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Bat Swings! Is a collection of themes from the 1960’s TV show Batman, starring Adam West and Burt Ward. There are gems within the Batman incidental music, composed by Nelson Riddle. The Batman theme, by Neal Hefti is a suitable big band vehicle. Riddle and Hefti had been integral to big band jazz in the 1960’s. Riddle worked with Ella Fitzgerald (Ella Swings Brightly, for instance) and on countless dates with Frank Sinatra. Hefti composed the music for Count Basie’s Atomic Basie. I approached Mike Mossman, Mark Taylor, Harry Allen and UCF’s Per Danielsson about arranging music for this record. Harry and Mike were instantly on board. With a little coaxing, Mark Taylor joined the project and contributed in style. Per Danielsson was eager to contribute, and I wrote a couple arrangements, too.

"Batmobile to the Airport," arranged by Mike Mossman epitomizes the cool/geek syzygy of the Batman show. Batman travelled in style, be it on the Batboat, Batcopter, or the most stunning car ever designed, the Batmobile!

“Riddle me this, Batman” was the Riddler’s (Frank Gorshin’s) hook. Mark Taylor captures the ‘60’s flair with a modern sensibility in his arrangement of "Batman Riddles the Riddler."

"Batman Blues" is arranged by Harry Allen. It was essential to include this composition; even crime-fighting superheroes get the blues.

"Spider-Man Theme" - Spiderman exuded an unusual existential flair, and yet the show was enjoyed by many Batman fans. This inclusion augments the sixties flair epitomized by crime-fighting shows.

Catwoman was Batman’s greatest nemesis, and yet her alias was his most beguiling love interest. Harry Allen arranges a programmatic version of "Kitka," leading us through Batman’s infatuation, and disdain for the feline femme-fatale.

"Holy-Hole-in-the-Doughnut" is a piece from the 1966 Batman TV soundtrack. It’s an odd pairing: a sensual bossa nova, overdubbed with Robin’s quirky sayings, including “Holy Flypaper”, “Holy Reverse Polarity”, and the frightful “Leaping Lumbago”.

"Muricelago En La Cueva" is arranged and conceived by Mike Mossman, and features cues from the Batman show. He adds an Afro-Cuban flair, and evokes fight scenes and other dramatic moments. It culminates with Neal Hefti’s original "Batman Theme." The title translates to “Bat in a Cave”, also slang for a common nasal congestion.

"Amazing Grace" - this past season the UCF Flying Horse Big Band featured jazz luminary Ira Sullivan as a guest artist. Ira is known for associations with Charlie Parker and Art Blakey, and ends all of his shows with this hymn. While Batman is seemingly invincible, I can’t help but think he’s been bequeathed some amazing grace.

Jeff Rupert
Tenor sax
Trustee Chair
Pegasus Professor
Director of Jazz Studies
University of Central Florida



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