This 2 disk, live CD/DVD recording is of an incredible ensemble that was put together by Mica Bethea with an assortment of amazing musicians that will soon be dominating your playlists for years to come. The rhythm section grooves hard on any feel; while the soloists demonstrate that masterful improvisation isn't just for the small group. This concert features musical arrangements from many genres: from Latin, Fusion, Swing, big group, small group, to vocal. After one listen, you will see that true art, entertainment, and self expression do not have to exclude each other. Enjoy!
"Mica Bethea is a talented musician who has a distinctive flair for composition and arranging. His compositions tell an interesting tale with complexity, intrigue, and unexpected twists and turns. His arrangements are swinging and uplifting. This young man has a real solid voice with his writing that reflects a keen sense of dedication and focus. Keep an eye and ear on Mica. He is poised to go on to do great things"
Grammy winning big band leader/ saxophonist/ composer
professor of Jazz Studies University of Southern California
"There's a great balance between improvisation and composition. This balance is hard to strike and can be easily over looked. It about the whole, not simply it's parts. In short, Mica provides the right measure of space for his great soloist to become an integral part of the composition. …he and his wonderful band members have created a work of art."
Former President IAJE
Director of Jazz Studies University of North Florida
"That's as good as it gets and stands up against anything in the country - and the world for that matter."
-Dr. William Prince
Professor Emeritus at University of North Florida/composer/ multi-instramentalist