Here’s another tune from the 1976 KERA TV show. My friend, Mark Taylor, did this composition while we were both students at North Texas. He is a fantastic writer, and was also writing for the Stan Kenton Orchestra while at North Texas.
Mark’s dad was a jazz DJ, and when he died Mark donated his dad’s record collection to our jazz museum. It is our largest donation consisting of over 2,200 records and other jazz memorabilia. His dad had been good friends with Stan Kenton and had every Stan Kenton album ever made. It was a great start for our museum to acquire these items and I will always appreciate his friendship.
We recorded this composition on Lab ’76. Lab ’76 was nominated for a Grammy, only the second time a college band had been nominated. Lab ’75 was the first Grammy nomination for a college band.
The alto sax solo is by Dan Higgins, who is the top woodwind player in Los Angeles today, and has been in that spot for many years.