Another wonderful job on another one of my favorites!!
You are setting the bar impossibly high... care to share the details of how you created this one?
Also, just curious, and I don't think you need to make excuses about the flute, but is there a reason you used live flute and bass instead of their JABB counterparts?
And, I am most impressed with your use of the JABB drums both here and in "Beginnings." It is all the more remarkable now that I know that you have DFHs.
I have not spent much time with JABB drums because I really like DFHs, and while I am still learning, and it is complex, I am just astounded at the realism I can attain with DFHs. Recently I picked up Jamstix, and it integrates seamlessly with DFHs, and does quite a nice job of humanizing drum parts. That wouldn not work for a cover, of course, but for new parts I find I am doing much less tweaking. Previously I used MusicLab Slicy Drummer and Fill-in Drummer, and they too are pretty remarkable, but I never successfully built the 'one-size-fits-all' drum map!
I like to play instruments live if I can play them decent. It gives the arrangements more life. Also, I can play the bass parts much faster than trying to sequence them. It's hard to sequence slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs without spending ridiculous amounts of time. I have a Schecter bass which I plug into a Behringer V-Amp 2 guitar amp simulator. I can model different amps and cabinets.
I use JABB and/or DFHS depending on the style of music. I like the tight kick in JABB but I use DFHS if I'm doing drum parts with double bass drums. JABB has a really nice set of toms that have a different tone than anything in DFHS. Only JABB has the great brush drum kit which was most of the drums in the song. I use DFHS for my prog original pieces as I can get a more modern sound that works well with synths. One drawback of both libraries is that I want a higher pitched popping snare.