On a High Note: Best of the Concord Jazz Recordings

On a High Note: Best of the Concord Jazz Recordings

by Maynard Ferguson
     
 

Trumpeter Maynard Ferguson's move to Concord Records in the mid-'90s was a return to form for the iconic high-note jazz musician. Having scored his biggest success in the '70s with the jazz-funk of "The Theme from 'Rocky'," Ferguson had achieved a level of fame, money and legend few of his contemporaries would match. However, by the '80s the public's changing taste in…  See more details below

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Trumpeter Maynard Ferguson's move to Concord Records in the mid-'90s was a return to form for the iconic high-note jazz musician. Having scored his biggest success in the '70s with the jazz-funk of "The Theme from 'Rocky'," Ferguson had achieved a level of fame, money and legend few of his contemporaries would match. However, by the '80s the public's changing taste in music and even Ferguson's own glitzy, over-the-top aesthetic led to a bit of a backlash against him. Often labeled a pop sell-out, Ferguson had become a victim of his own success. It didn't help either that he chose to tour incessantly, anywhere and everywhere he could, more often than not appearing at local high school auditoriums. This business model, while endearing him to countless adolescent marching and concert bandmembers, nonetheless found him garnering an ever lowering profile with the jazz buying pubic. So, it was with little fanfare that jazz fans, who had long forgotten Ferguson's awesome performances with Stan Kenton's orchestra in the '50s, received the news that the Titan of the trumpet had signed with Concord Records. That all changed in 1994 with the release of These Cats Can Swing. The first recording of Ferguson with his newly minted, straight-ahead modern jazz ensemble Big Bop Nouveau, These Cats Can Swing found Ferguson surrounded by a stellar big band of young musicians playing laser-tight arrangements of such jazz standards as "Sugar'" and "Caravan." This was the Ferguson of old before the "Rocky" wah wah guitars and polyester got the better of him. Here was the storied Ferguson of the Kenton band who could move from a razor-cut lead trumpet line to a blistering bebop solo at will. This was Maynard Ferguson trumpet master supreme. And this is the Maynard Ferguson showcased on On a High Note: The Best of the Concord Jazz Recordings. Culled from the handful of albums he recorded with Big Bop Nouveau up through 2001 on Concord, these are some of the last great recordings Ferguson made before his death in 2006.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2007
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0888072302143
catalogNumber:
30214

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maynard Ferguson   Primary Artist
Michael Feinstein   Piano,Vocals
Gary Foster   Alto Saxophone
Diane Schuur   Vocals
Bobby Shew   Trumpet
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Larry Bunker   Percussion
Bryant Byers   Bass Trombone
Denis DiBlasio   Baritone Saxophone
Christopher Farr   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tom Garling   Guitar,Trombone
Sal Giorgianni   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dan Higgins   Tenor Saxophone
Sal Lozano   Baritone Saxophone
Chip McNeill   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Jim Self   Tuba
Paul Thompson   Bass Guitar
Matt Wallace   Alto Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Albie Berk   Drums
Frank Greene   Trumpet
Joe Owens   Trumpet
Lorenzo Martinez   Percussion
Jon Owens   Trombone
Carl Fischer   Trumpet,Soloist
Phil Palombi   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jeff Rupert   Tenor Saxophone
Dan Zank   Piano,Keyboards
Marko Marcinko   Drums
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Scott Englebright   Trumpet
Jeff Lashway   Piano
Larry Foyen   Trumpet
Peter Ferguson   Trumpet
Adolfo Acosta   Trumpet
Dave Throckmorton   Drums
Paul Thompson   Bass
Mike Dubaniewicz   Alto Saxophone
Earl MacDonald   Piano
Brian Ploeger   Trumpet
Brian Stahurski   Bass
Reggie Watkins   Trombone
Jim Brenan   Tenor Saxophone
Joey Tartell   Trombone,Trumpet
Chris Berger   Bass
Matt Wallace   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Brian Wolfe   Drums
Patrick Hession   Trumpet
Paul Armstrong   Trumpet
Jason Harnell   Drums
Ron Oswanski   Piano,Keyboards
Alex Iles   Trombone
Scott Engelbright   Trumpet
Alex Lles   Trombone
Dave Trockmorton   Drums
Brian Ploeger   Trumpet
Sal Gioriganni   Alto Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Chris Farr   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Maynard Ferguson   Producer
Stanley Turrentine   Composer
Patrick Williams   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
Joe Zawinul   Composer
Dominic Camardella   Engineer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Walter Fuller   Composer
Tom Garling   Arranger,Composer
Don Hahn   Engineer
Leslie Ann Jones   Engineer
Chip McNeill   Arranger
Cole Porter   Composer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Marko Marcinko   Arranger
John McDonough   Liner Notes
Ted Koehler   Composer
Bernice Petkere   Composer
John Klenner   Composer
John Gillespie   Composer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Steve West   Arranger

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