M.F. Horn/M.F. Horn 2/ M.F. Horn 3

M.F. Horn/M.F. Horn 2/ M.F. Horn 3

by Maynard Ferguson
     
 

For some perverse reason, many American jazz critics of the early 1970s and listeners who were purists (in other words, those who actually held the art form back) had a difficult time with the albums flügelhornist and bandleader Maynard Ferguson cut during his British residency, because he had no trouble experimenting with pop forms and the likes of R&B and funk.…  See more details below

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For some perverse reason, many American jazz critics of the early 1970s and listeners who were purists (in other words, those who actually held the art form back) had a difficult time with the albums flügelhornist and bandleader Maynard Ferguson cut during his British residency, because he had no trouble experimenting with pop forms and the likes of R&B and funk. History, as always, has proved them wrong. Of the six M.F. Horn recordings, the first three are the strongest. They are exceptionally bold in their willingness to experiment with color, tone, timbre, and form. Ferguson had help from a smoking cast of players and arrangers who included, variously, keyboardist Pete Jackson, percussionist Ray Cooper, saxophonists Peter King and Bob Watson, trombonists Billy Graham and Chris Pyne, and arrangers Kenny Wheeler, Keith Mansfield, and Adrian Drover (who also played trumpet) to name a scant few. The Beat Goes On label has done their usual exceptional job of remastering, keeping everything warm, as well as stunningly clear. While these three recordings -- presented on a double-disc -- offer no weak cuts, there are some stunners including "MacArthur Park," "Chala Nata" (which brings together soundtrack funk, progressive jazz, and Indian modal music in a deep groover), "Country Road," fine rearrangements of Isaac Hayes' "Theme from Shaft," John Lennon's "Mother" (read as a slightly dissonant blues), and "'Round Midnight," "Mother Fingers," and "S.O.M.F." These three albums are all slamming; they should be heard -- and cherished -- by any serious jazz-funk fan.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/2013
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261211101
catalogNumber:
6121110
Rank:
26048

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maynard Ferguson   Primary Artist,Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Valve Trombone,Soloist
Bruce Johnston   Baritone Saxophone
Dave Markee   Bass
Mike Bailey   Trumpet
Tony Buchanan   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Cooper   Percussion
Jeff Daly   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
John Donnelly   Trumpet
Alan Downey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Adrian Drover   Trombone
Martin Drover   Trumpet
Harold Fisher   Percussion
Pete Jackson   Piano,Electric Piano,Soloist
Peter King   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
George Kish   Guitar
Andy Macintosh   Alto Saxophone
Danny Moss   Tenor Saxophone
Vemu Mukunda   Veena,Soloist
Terry Noonan   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Bud Parks   Trumpet
Chris Pyne   Trombone
Frank Ricotti   Conga
Stan Robinson   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Derek Wadsworth   Trombone
Albert Wood   Trombone
Geoff Wright   Trombone
Bob Watson   Saxophone,Baritone
Brian Smith   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Tony Mabbett   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Vimu Macunda   Veena
Dave Lynane   Bass,Bass Guitar
Billy Graham   Trombone
Norman Fripp   Trombone
Mike Davis   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Bob Sydor   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Randy Jones   Drums,Soloist
Mohana Lakshmipathy   Soloist
John Huckdridge   Trumpet

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Laura Nyro   Composer
Maynard Ferguson   Arranger,Composer
Kenny Wheeler   Arranger
Gene Lees   Liner Notes
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Alan Downey   Arranger,Composer
Adrian Drover   Arranger
Tim Geelan   Engineer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Adrian Kerridge   Engineer,Remixing
Teo Macero   Producer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Keith Mansfield   Arranger,Producer
John Mackswith   Engineer
Roslav Szaybo   Cover Art
David Baker   Remixing
Charles Waring   Liner Notes
Mike Smith   Producer,Executive Producer
Mike Ross   Engineer,Remixing

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