Legacy—Neil Slater at North Texas is the newest release by the North Texas Jazz record label at the University of North Texas College of Music. Produced in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the UNT Jazz Studies Program, the 4-CD boxed set contains the complete recordings of all compositions and arrangements by Grammy-nominated composer Neil Slater written for and recorded by the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band, plus a Grammy-nominated tribute piece composed by Rich DeRosa, 38 tracks in all. A 160-page book is included as part of the boxed set, featuring hundreds of photos and notes by band members, colleagues and friends. This landmark historical compilation honors the legacy of Neil Slater, the longest-tenured director of the world-renown One O’Clock Lab Band.
The book contents collectively is a beautiful mixture of humor and insightful analysis of Neil as a composer, leader, and mentor, and a fitting tribute to the man we know and love so well. I am so pleased with how the words and images included in the packaging complement the body of work that Neil created over the course of his legendary career at North Texas.