This evening I watched a DVD of one of my favourite groups, the "little orchestra" known as Pink Martini, performing their outstanding instrumental "The Flying Squirrel."
This 2006 live performance at Portland, Oregon, is in my opinion their best version of this piece. It features a solid brushes drum solo by Brian Davis, and when guitarist Dan Faehnle shows his stuff, watch his fingers, not his mouth.
A real musical kaleidoscope. You'll see what I mean.
For an example of their diversity, have a look at this cover of Irving Berlin's 1923 song "What'll I Do" with the legendary Norman Leyden on clarinet at 95 years of age. Amazing.
Their lead singer China Forbes is Julliard trained and can sing in a number of languages.
I was disappointed to miss Pink Martini in concert at Auckland in 2010 and look forward to seeing them when they return to New Zealand in the near future.