Lab 79: North Texas State University Lab Band – NTSU Jazz Lab Bands, 1979


North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) has long been known for an excellent music program. In 1979 it was the second largest School of Music in the country, with 1,600 music majors. The 1:00 Jazz Lab Band is the best of that pool, the students not only great musicians, but also composers and arrangers. Most of this record is not really my cup of tea, its 70’s white guy jazz mostly, a la Spyro Gyra, technical and precise and completely un-compelling. Here he have a break-neck arrangement of Cole Porter’s (again, blech) “Easy to Love” arranged by Charlie Young for the saxophones. If nothing else, this track is going to impress you for the virtuoso performances by the musicians.

Easy to Love (download)

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One response to “Lab 79: North Texas State University Lab Band – NTSU Jazz Lab Bands, 1979

  1. Thanks for posting this. Brought back lots of good memories. Interesting you picked the only track written by the “brother” in the band after the white comment, no offense taken. We spent many hours rehearsing the sax section at my house in Denton on our own time. Great Cannonball solo, Charlie really did a great job on this.

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