On a High Note: Best of the Concord Jazz Recordings

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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: 2/6/2007
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072302143
  • Catalog Number: 30214
  • Sales rank: 158,780

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Got It (4:09)
  2. 2 Caravan (10:15)
  3. 3 Just Friends (5:58)
  4. 4 Manteca (6:23)
  5. 5 Sugar (10:04)
  6. 6 I Love You (4:52)
  7. 7 Knee Deep in Rio (8:37)
  8. 8 Close Your Eyes (2:58)
  9. 9 Fall in Love (3:45)
  10. 10 Birdland (4:12)
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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
Kirk Felton Remastering
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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