Brass Attitude

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/1998
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431484820
  • Catalog Number: 4848
  • Sales rank: 159,212

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just Friends (6:00)
  2. 2 Waltz for Nicole (6:15)
  3. 3 I Love You (4:53)
  4. 4 Milk of the Moon (7:47)
  5. 5 Misra-Dhenuka (15:50)
  6. 6 Knee Deep in Rio (8:37)
  7. 7 Erica and Sandra (5:40)
  8. 8 The Lip (7:23)
  9. 9 Caruso (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau Primary Artist
Maynard Ferguson Indexed Contributor, 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
Carl Fischer 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
Technical Credits
Maynard Ferguson Producer
John Burk Executive Producer
Dominic Camardella Engineer
Tom Garling Arranger, Producer
Glen Barros Executive Producer
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