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Brass Attitude
     

Brass Attitude

by Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau
 
With one major exception, the tracks on Brass Attitude reflect the relatively traditional (dare we say restrained) big band sound of Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau, whose most distinctive feature by far is -- surprise, surprise -- its leader. At 70, MF still has a lot left, able to blast away at those ultrasonic passages and

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With one major exception, the tracks on Brass Attitude reflect the relatively traditional (dare we say restrained) big band sound of Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau, whose most distinctive feature by far is -- surprise, surprise -- its leader. At 70, MF still has a lot left, able to blast away at those ultrasonic passages and dish out that throbbing, unctious tone in the middle regions. Yet he seems to be choosing his spots with more economy, resorting frequently to the flugelhorn for mellower passages. The soloing by MF's sidemen -- the most prominently featured of whom are Tom Garling on trombone and Sal Giorgianni on tenor sax -- is of a competent, energetic bop variety with few distinguishing qualities. Thankfully, an element of strangeness bursts forth at the album's midpoint, "Misra-Dhenuka," a nearly 16-minute reminder of MF's sabbatical in India. Grounded in a raga, it dissolves into a 6/8 meter vamp based on what sounds like a Spanish chordal pattern. A less welcome bit of weirdness is MF alumnus Denis DiBlasio's amateurish vocal cameo in "The Lip," which in this context fawns over MF's high-note proclivity as shamelessly as rappers have about Miles Davis.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/13/1998
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431484820
catalogNumber:
4848
Rank:
104749

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau   Primary Artist
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Denis DiBlasio   Baritone Saxophone,Vocals
Tom Garling   Trombone
Sal Giorgianni   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Paul Thompson   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Frank Greene   Trumpet
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Dave Throckmorton   Drums
Paul Thompson   Electric Bass
Paul Thompson   Acoustic Bass
Matt Wallace   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ron Oswanski   Piano,Keyboards
Carl Fischer   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Maynard Ferguson   Producer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Dominic Camardella   Engineer
Tom Garling   Arranger,Producer
Glen Barros   Executive Producer

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