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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Trumpeter and composer Maynard Ferguson rose to prominence in the latter days of the big-band era, and he clearly loved the strength and dynamics that came from a large ensemble. However, as fusion came to dominate the jazz charts in the 1970s, Ferguson walked a canny middle ground, adding funk and pop flavors to his music while still working with a band large enough to give him a broad tonal palette. This set from Beat Goes On Records features three of the more successful albums from Ferguson's '70s fusion period: 1976's Primal Scream, 1977's New Vintage, and 1978's Carnival. Primal Scream seems to have been arranged with the dancefloor in mind, with lots of funky ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Trumpeter and composer Maynard Ferguson rose to prominence in the latter days of the big-band era, and he clearly loved the strength and dynamics that came from a large ensemble. However, as fusion came to dominate the jazz charts in the 1970s, Ferguson walked a canny middle ground, adding funk and pop flavors to his music while still working with a band large enough to give him a broad tonal palette. This set from Beat Goes On Records features three of the more successful albums from Ferguson's '70s fusion period: 1976's Primal Scream, 1977's New Vintage, and 1978's Carnival. Primal Scream seems to have been arranged with the dancefloor in mind, with lots of funky basslines and disco-inspired drumming on board, but the brass arrangements are forceful and imaginative, and the uptempo arrangement of "Pagliacci" gives Ferguson plenty of room to show off his flashy trumpet style. On New Vintage, he and his band kicked off the set with what would become another one of their trademark gimmicks: a brassy arrangement of the theme from a current hit movie, in this case Star Wars. While the disco-fied "Star Wars" is a bit much in spots, it's better executed than most pop takes on John Williams' distinctive theme, and the rest of the album finds them in more subtle form, especially the pleasing Latin accents of "El Vuelo (The Flight)." And though Carnival includes the arguable nadir of Ferguson's movie tie-ins with the theme from Battlestar Galactica, the album is otherwise one of Ferguson's best efforts of the period, with the Latin-flavored "Carnival," the punchy "How Ya Doin' Baby," and a flashy arrangement of "Stella by Starlight" showing Maynard and his always impressive band of young turks were still capable of handling more challenging stuff. And each album gives Ferguson several opportunities to show off his skills as one of the highest and hardest hitters in jazz, and if his solos are not always subtle, his gifts are inarguably impressive. Anyone with a taste for Ferguson's work of the mid- to late '70s will find this set right in their wheelhouse, which documents what Maynard did best in robust fashion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2014
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5017261211422
  • Catalog Number: 2491170
  • Sales rank: 6,379

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Primal Scream (7:10)
  2. 2 The Cheshire Cat Walk (10:06)
  3. 3 Invitation (5:33)
  4. 4 Pagliacci (5:55)
  5. 5 Swamp (7:25)
  6. 6 Main Title (4:13)
  7. 7 Oasis (6:30)
  8. 8 Maria (6:27)
  9. 9 El Vuelo (7:16)
  10. 10 Scheherazade (7:02)
  11. 11 Airegin (3:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 M.F. Carnival (6:04)
  2. 2 Fantasy (4:21)
  3. 3 Theme From Battlestar Galactica (5:55)
  4. 4 Stella By Starlight (7:15)
  5. 5 Birdland (5:38)
  6. 6 Baker Street (6:49)
  7. 7 How Ya Doin' Baby? (4:02)
  8. 8 Over the Rainbow (5:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maynard Ferguson Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist, Group Member
Patti Austin Vocals
Richard Davis Strings
Peter Erskine Drums, Hand Clapping, Group Member
Jon Faddis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bob James Piano, Clavinet, ARP
Steve Khan Soloist, Guitar (12 String Electric), Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Mark Colby Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist, Group Member
Ralph MacDonald Percussion, Group Member
Stan Mark Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Group Member
David Nadien Strings, Violin
Gloria Agostini Harp
Lamar Alsop Strings
Seymour Barab Strings
Rubens Bassini Percussion
Richard Berg Vocals
Arnold Black Strings
Alfred Brown Strings
Frederick Buldrini Strings
Earl Chapin French Horn
Jay Chattaway Conductor
Vivian Cherry Vocals
Harold Coletta Strings
Chick Corea Soloist
Donald Corrado French Horn
Harry Cykman Strings, Violin
Bob Economou Drums, Group Member
Max Ellen Strings, Violin
Joe Farrell Tenor Saxophone
Paul Faulise Bass Trombone
Barry Finclair Strings
Jerry Friedman Guitar
Louis Gabowitz Strings
Steve Gadd Drums
Eric Gale Guitar
Paul Gershman Violin
Harry Glickman Strings
Bernie Glow Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Phil Gray Trombone, Soloist, Group Member
Emanuel Green Violin
Lani Groves Vocals
Biff Hannon Piano, Electric Piano, Hand Clapping, fender rhodes, Soloist, Polymoog, Mini Moog, Micro Moog, Group Member
Hilda Harris Vocals
Roger Homefield Trombone, Group Member
Theodore Israel Strings
Gordon Johnson Bass, Flute, Bass Guitar, Group Member
Gary King Bass
Harold Kohon Strings
Nick Lane Trombone, Group Member
Charles Libove Strings, Violin
Joseph Malin Violin
Barbara Massey Vocals
Charles McCracken Strings
Yolanda McCullough Vocals
Mike Migliore Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Soloist, Group Member
Bobby Militello Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo, Baritone Saxophone, Soloist, Group Member
Marvin Morgenstern Strings
Joe Mosello Percussion, Trumpet, Conga, Flugelhorn, Piccolo Trumpet, Soloist, Group Member
Dennis Noday Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Group Member
Tony Posk Strings
Randy Purcell Trombone, Group Member
Matthew Raimondi Strings
Tony Romano Group Member
Aaron Rosand Concert Master
Alan Shulman Strings
Richard Sortomme Strings
Maretha Stewart Vocals
Tony Studd Trombone
Brooks Tillotson French Horn
Ron Tooley Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Group Member
Eric Traub Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist, Group Member
Tony Wells Vocals
Dan Welty Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Group Member
Katie Irving Vocals
Tina Kaplan Vocals
Herbert Sorkin Strings
Emanuel Vardi Strings
John Qdini Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Soloist, Group Member
Ellen Bernfeld Vocals
Paul Winter Concert Master
Jim Buffington French Horn
Jonathan Aloramowitz Strings
Lewis Ely Strings
Peter Urskin Soloist
David Taylor Trombone, Bass Trombone
Frederick Buldivini Violin
Dave Sanborn Alto Saxophone
Jeff Mirenov Guitar
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Gerry Rafferty Composer
Maynard Ferguson Composer, Producer
Slide Hampton Arranger
Bob James Producer
John Williams [composer] Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Joe Zawinul Composer
Jay Chattaway Arranger, Composer, Producer, Adaptation
Bob Clearmountain Engineer
Chick Corea Composer
Michael Delugg Engineer
Eric Gale Arranger
Milton Glaser Original Cover Artwork
Biff Hannon Arranger
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Gordon Johnson Arranger
Joe Jorgensen Engineer
Nick Lane Arranger
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Victor Young Composer
Jack Ashkinazy Mastering
Ulf Skogsbergh Cover Photo
Charles Waring Liner Notes
Mike Abene Arranger
Andrew Thompson Remastering
Gerry Block Engineer
Vlado Mellor Mastering
Stan Tonkel Engineer
Don Paluse Engineer
Arky and Barrett Cover Photo
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