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Group Name Osland/Dailey Duo, Osland Saxophone Quartet, University of Kentucky Saxophone Ensemble & Wind Symphony
Conductor Lisa Osland; Miles Osland; John Cody Birdwell; Kenneth Iyescas
Event Saxophone
Album ID - 50887-MCD

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Track TITLE Composer/Arranger
1 Concerto Maxo Mosso: I. Oslosis Mower, Mike
2 Concerto Maxo Mosso: II. Kentuckitis Mower, Mike
3 Crepuscule With Nellie Monk, Thelonious / Yasinitsky, Greg
4 Gordons’ Goodies Goodwin, Gordon / Osland, Miles; Pence, Austin
5 Sonata for alto saxophone and piano: I. Visions Dailey, Raleigh
6 Sonata for alto saxophone and piano: II. Black Swan Dailey, Raleigh
7 Sonata for alto saxophone and piano: III. Dancing Dailey, Raleigh
8 Saxophone Quartet #1 Carisi, John
9 Escape to the Center Wilson, Dana
10 ...who needs enemies? Peterson, Russell

In the minds of many, a stereotypical university model consists of the “lofty faculty,” gazing down upon their group of young students to pass along their knowledge. However, in the most successful learning communities, the teachers also think of themselves as students – with more experience and a greater knowledge base, but still active learners who collaborate with their students, inviting them to join in projects and become part of a professional environment as they mature and learn.

A perfect example is this recording, showing the stellar results that happen in this type of environment at the University of Kentucky. Professor of Saxophone and longtime Director of Jazz Studies Miles Osland took the lead with his colleagues, Director of Bands John Cody Birdwell, jazz pianist/composer Raleigh Dailey, saxophone professor Lisa Osland, also saxophonists Doug Drewek and Larry Nelson. All of the other musicians involved with this CD are students – but they don’t sound like it. Buoyed by the experience of sitting next to their mentors in these recording sessions, and by their daily level of instructional background, they work together to create this first-rate professional recording.