The Essential Maynard Ferguson

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
While this two-CD set does cover a lot of the material Maynard Ferguson recorded between the mid-'50s and late '90s, it suffers from a chronological imbalance that keeps it from living up to its title as the "essential" distillation of his work. It's heavily tilted toward his Columbia output, which is understandable given that Columbia/Legacy is the label that put out this compilation. But that means that his recordings from Roulette between the late '50s and mid-'60s -- a period in which he's usually regarded as having done some of his finest straight jazz music -- is underrepresented, with just three tracks coming from his time there. There aren't any recordings at...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
While this two-CD set does cover a lot of the material Maynard Ferguson recorded between the mid-'50s and late '90s, it suffers from a chronological imbalance that keeps it from living up to its title as the "essential" distillation of his work. It's heavily tilted toward his Columbia output, which is understandable given that Columbia/Legacy is the label that put out this compilation. But that means that his recordings from Roulette between the late '50s and mid-'60s -- a period in which he's usually regarded as having done some of his finest straight jazz music -- is underrepresented, with just three tracks coming from his time there. There aren't any recordings at all, in fact, from the years 1963-1969, and the anthology makes you feel as though you're listening to two different artists: one a credible straight-ahead jazz trumpeter, the other a highly skilled one who embraced the most commercial side of jazz-pop. So listening to the collection, you can hear why he's both respected for his trumpet playing, especially in the upper register and reviled for his rock-funk-pop-disco-oriented arrangements, especially in the mid- to late '70s by jazz fans in almost equal measure. Listeners who are more pop fans than jazz fans, however, will be pleased that his '70s material comprises about half this set, including, yes, his 1977 Top 30 pop hit "Gonna Fly Now," famous from its use in the Rocky film. His more conventional jazz talents, it should be stated, are acknowledged on the early material that occupies much of the first disc. Overall, however, it's one of those uncomfortable mixes in which admirers of one portion of the compilation might have little enthusiasm for the other.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886970516426
  • Catalog Number: 705164
  • Sales rank: 9,783

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Way You Look Tonight (2:55)
  2. 2 20, Rue de Madrid (5:04)
  3. 3 Never You Mind (3:29)
  4. 4 Over the Rainbow (3:07)
  5. 5 The Wailing Boat (3:09)
  6. 6 Somebody Wants Me Down There (4:04)
  7. 7 Blue Birdland (4:13)
  8. 8 Straight Up (3:37)
  9. 9 Free Lee (2:44)
  10. 10 Everybody Moan (4:23)
  11. 11 Tag Team (5:06)
  12. 12 Newport (8:41)
  13. 13 Maria (3:06)
  14. 14 Macarthur Park (10:01)
  15. 15 Ballad to Max (5:28)
  16. 16 Give It One (3:33)
  17. 17 'Round Midnight (4:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Fox Hunt (3:56)
  2. 2 I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (4:46)
  3. 3 Two for Otis (6:56)
  4. 4 Superbone Meets the Bad Man (5:10)
  5. 5 Chameleon (4:36)
  6. 6 The Cheshire Cat Walk (10:13)
  7. 7 Gonna Fly Now (4:23)
  8. 8 Everybody Loves the Blues (7:17)
  9. 9 An Offering of Love, Pt. 1 (2:50)
  10. 10 Birdland (5:41)
  11. 11 Caravan (10:16)
  12. 12 Waltz for Nicole (6:16)
  13. 13 Manteca (6:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maynard Ferguson Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Baritone Horn, Valve Trombone
Patti Austin Vocals
Gwen Guthrie Vocals
Al Stewart Trumpet
George Benson Guitar
Eddie Bert Trombone
John Bunch Piano
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Buddy Childers Trumpet
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Bob Cooper Tenor Saxophone
Curtis Counce Bass, Bass Guitar
Don Ellis Trumpet
Peter Erskine Drums
Jon Faddis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Russ Freeman Piano
Herb Geller Alto Saxophone
Bob Gordon Baritone Saxophone
Slide Hampton Trombone
Herbie Harper Trombone
Bill Holman Tenor Saxophone
Bob James Keyboards
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones Piano
Shelly Manne Drums
Don Menza Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Julian Priester Trombone
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
Bud Shank Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
George Young Saxophone
Jimmy Campbell Drums
Lorraine Geller Piano
Rufus "Speedy" Jones Drums
Carmen Leggio Tenor Saxophone
Ray Linn Trumpet
Lanny Morgan Flute, Alto Saxophone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Nick Travis Trumpet
Mark Colby Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Don Lamond Drums
Stu Martin Drums
Bob Summers Trumpet
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
David Taylor Bass Trombone
Stan Mark Trumpet, Flugelhorn
David Nadien Violin
Danny D'Imperio Drums
Al Cohn Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Andre Trombone
Kenny Ascher Piano, Keyboards
Georgie Auld Tenor Saxophone
Mike Bailey Trumpet
Rubens Bassini Percussion
Richard Berg Vocals
Milt Bernhart Trombone
Ellen Bernfield Vocals
Lin Biviano Trumpet
James Bossy Trumpet
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Tony Buchanan Saxophone
Frederick Buldrini Violin
Bob Burgess Trombone
Jaki Byard Piano
Danny Cahn Trumpet
Red Callender Bass, Bass Guitar
Jay Cameron Baritone Saxophone
Earl Chapin French Horn
Bill Chase Trumpet
Vivian Cherry Vocals
Jeff Clayton Guitar, Soloist
Ray Cooper Percussion
Chick Corea Electric Piano, Mini Moog
Kenny Crane Trombone, Tuba
Harry Cykman Violin
Al DeRisi Trumpet
John DeFlon Trumpet
Denis DiBlasio Baritone Saxophone
John Donnelly Trumpet
Alan Downey Trumpet
Martin Drover Trumpet
Don Sebesky Trombone
Bob Economou Drums
Max Ellen Violin
Graham Ellis Trombone
Ernie Wilkins Baritone Saxophone
Christopher Farr Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Farrell Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Paul Faulise Trombone, Bass Trombone
Joe Ferrante Trumpet
Chet Ferretti Trumpet
Harold Fisher Percussion
Jerry Friedman Guitar
Steve Gadd Drums
Eric Gale Guitar
Tom Garling Trombone
Paul Gershman Violin
Sal Giorgianni Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bernie Glow Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Emanuel Green Violin
Lani Groves Vocals
Biff Hannon Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Hilda Harris Vocals
Milt Hinton Bass, Bass Guitar
Frank Hittner Baritone Saxophone
Roger Homefield Trombone
John Huckridge Trumpet
Theodore Israel Viola
Pete Jackson Piano, Drums
Gordon Johnson Bass, Bass Guitar
Jerry Johnson Trombone
Bruce Johnstone Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Rick Kiefer Trumpet
Gary King Bass, Bass Guitar
Peter King Saxophone
George Kish Guitar
Phil Kraus Percussion
Nick Lane Trombone
Will Lee Bass, Bass Guitar
Charles Libove Violin
Andy Macintosh Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Willie Maiden Clarinet, Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Joseph Malin Violin
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Charles McCracken Cello, Celli
Chip McNeill Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Mike Migliore Guitar, Saxophone
Bobby Militello Flute, Guitar, Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Linc Milliman Bass, Bass Guitar
Jeff Mironov Guitar
Danny Moss Saxophone
Dennis Noday Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Linda November Vocals
John Odini Guitar
John Owens Trumpet
Bud Parks Trumpet
Nat Pavone Trumpet
Rick Petrone Bass, Bass Guitar
Ferdinand Povel Saxophone
Randy Purcell Trombone
Chris Pyne Trombone
Lance Quinn Guitar
Don Rader Trumpet
Clyde Reasinger Trumpet
Frank Ricotti Percussion
Tom Rizzo Guitar
Jimmy Rowser Bass, Bass Guitar
Alan Rubin Trumpet
Kenny Rupp Trombone
Sonny Russo Trombone
Allan Schwartzberg Drums
Brian Smith Saxophone
Alvin Stoller Drums
Tony Studd Trombone
Paul Thompson Bass Guitar
Brooks Tillotson French Horn
Ron Tooley Trumpet
Eric Traub Guitar, Saxophone
Matt Wallace Alto Saxophone
Alan Wise Trumpet
Geoff Wright Trombone
Frank Greene Trumpet
Ed Maina Saxophone
Emanuel Vardi Viola
Lorenzo Martinez Percussion
Jack Hanna Drums
Lou Carfa Bass, Bass Guitar
Phil Grey Trombone
Lynn Nicholson Trumpet
Carl Fischer Trumpet
Arnold Fishkind Bass, Bass Guitar
Phil Palombi Bass, Bass Guitar
Dan Zank Keyboards
Marko Marcinko Percussion, Drums
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Charles Greenlea Trombone
Scott Englebright Trumpet
Martin Nelson Vocals
Bob Watson Saxophone
Larry Foyen Trumpet
Buddy Clark Bass Guitar
Jimmy Campbell Drums
Alan Schulman Cello, Celli
Dave Throckmorton Drums
Paul Thompson Bass
David Earl Taylor Bass Trombone
Joey Tartell Trumpet
Brian Smith Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Randy Jones Drums
Chris Berger Bass, Bass Guitar
Carl Fischer Orchestra Trumpet
Jerry Johnson Trombone
Rusty Barker Trumpet
Mike Horbal Trumpet
Roberto Petaccia Drums
David Ramsey Synthesizer, Keyboards
Albert Woods Trombone
Dave Taylor Trombone
Marky Markowitz Trumpet
Jason Harnell Drums
Ron Oswanski Keyboards
Mike Abene Piano
Billy Graham Trombone
Dave Taylor Trombone
Russ Freeman Trio Piano
Bob James & Creations Piano, Keyboards
Ralph McDonald Percussion
Ian Bernhard Piano
Jeff Clayton Guitar
Mike Zagalini Trombone
Aubrey Tosin Bass Guitar
Jimmy Ford Alto Saxophone
Ian Bernhard Piano
Roberto Pataccia Drums
Buddly Childers Trumpet
Jay Cameron Baritone Saxophone
Adrian Dover Trombone
Christopher Farr Soprano Saxophone
David Lynane Bass Guitar
Tom Slaney Trumpet
Dave Marks Bass Guitar
Alvin Zavod Electric Piano
Dan D'Imperio Drums
Jim Bossy Trumpet
David Corrado French Horn
Martin Nelson Vocals
John Odini Guitar
Randy Purcess Trombone
Rusty Barker Trumpet
Nat Pavone Trumpet
Giuseppe 'Loon' P. Moselle Trumpet
Charles Greenlea Trombone
Dan Wetly Trumpet
John Huckridge Trumpet
Bob Watson Saxophone
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Maynard Ferguson Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Slide Hampton Arranger, Composer
Herbie Hancock Composer
Bob James Audio Production
Bennie Maupin Composer
Don Menza Composer
Kenny Wheeler Composer
Cootie Williams Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Bill Conti Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Michael Abene Composer
Manny Albam Arranger, Composer
Al Cohn Arranger, Composer
Joe Zawinul Composer
John Burk Producer, Audio Production
Jay Chattaway Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Chick Corea Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Don Sebesky Arranger
Ernie Wilkins Arranger, Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Walter Fuller Composer
Tom Garling Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Paul Jackson Composer
Nick Lane Composer
Jack Lewis Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Teo Macero Producer, Audio Production
Willie Maiden Arranger, Composer
Harvey Mason Sr. Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
L. Subramaniam Composer
Juan Tizol Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Bert de Coteaux Producer, Audio Production
George Bassman Composer
Keith Mansfield Audio Production
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Jerry Rappaport Producer
Ayn Robbins Composer
Carol Connors Composer
Enid Farber Tray Photo
Kristopher Spencer Liner Notes
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