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Conquistador
     

Conquistador

by Maynard Ferguson
 

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Maynard was shrewd, and Maynard was quick, and he managed to beat almost everyone to the punch -- sorry -- when he recorded the theme from Rocky and watched it rise to number 28 on the pop charts. As blatant as Ferguson's rendition is, it was still the best rendition of the Bill Conti tune at the time (a lot better than the

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Maynard was shrewd, and Maynard was quick, and he managed to beat almost everyone to the punch -- sorry -- when he recorded the theme from Rocky and watched it rise to number 28 on the pop charts. As blatant as Ferguson's rendition is, it was still the best rendition of the Bill Conti tune at the time (a lot better than the composer's own number one version) -- and Maynard Ferguson's heroic propensity for high notes and his underdog status as a hitmaker make it easy to link him with his celluloid counterpart. It is also the best track on an otherwise overloaded Jay Chattaway production, where the combination of the chrome-plated Chattaway hand and list of noted supporting players (George Benson, Joe Farrell, Bob James, the young Jon Faddis, Julian Priester, Harvey Mason, etc.) nearly overwhelms the Ferguson big band and even Ferguson himself. The title track has a certain flamboyant grandeur emanating both from Ferguson and the electronic brigade that dominates the tune, yet Benson's fluid cameo and Ferguson's obbligatos are wasted by the irritating female voices on "Mister Mellow." This record gave Maynard Ferguson the largest amount of exposure that he ever had; the Faustian tradeoff is that it often sounds gimmicky today.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972383026
catalogNumber:
723830

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maynard Ferguson   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn,Soloist
Patti Austin   Vocals
Gwen Guthrie   Vocals
George Benson   Guitar,Soloist
Peter Erskine   Drums
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Bob James   Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Soloist
Julian Priester   Trombone
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet
George Young   Alto Saxophone
Mark Colby   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
David Taylor   Trombone
Stan Mark   Trumpet,Trumpet Calls
David Nadien   Strings
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Kenny Ascher   Keyboards
Richard Berg   Vocals
James Bossy   Trumpet
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Alfred Brown   Strings
Jay Chattaway   Conductor
Vivian Cherry   Vocals
Mark Cobby   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Donald Corrado   French Horn
Harry Cykman   Strings
Max Ellen   Strings
Joe Farrell   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Faulise   Trombone
Eric Gale   Guitar
Paul Gershman   Strings
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Lani Groves   Vocals
Biff Hannon   Keyboards
Bill Hannon   Keyboards
Harry Lookofsky   Strings
Roger Homefield   Trombone
Hilary James   Piano,Conductor,Keyboards
Gordon Johnson   Bass
Gary King   Bass
Harold Kohon   Strings
Phil Kraus   Drums
Jeff Layton   Guitar,Soloist
Will Lee   Bass
Charles Libove   Strings
Guiseppe Loon   Trumpet
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz   Trumpet
Harvey Mason   Drums
Charles McCracken   Strings
Mike Migliore   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Soloist
Bobby Militello   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
Marvin Morgenstern   Strings
Joe Mosello   Trumpet,Trumpet Calls
Eugene J. Moye   Strings
Marty Nelson   Vocals
Dennis Noday   Trumpet,Trumpet Calls
Linda November   Vocals
Max Pollikoff   Strings
Randy Purcell   Trombone
Lance Quinn   Guitar
Matthew Raimondi   Strings
Tony Romano   Sounds
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
Allan Schwartzberg   Drums
Alan Shulman   Strings
Richard Sortomme   Strings
Brooks Tillotson   French Horn
Ron Tooley   Trumpet,Trumpet Calls
Emanuel Vardi   Strings
Ellen Bernfeld   Vocals
Albert Scheonmaker   Strings
Martin Nelson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Reissue Producer
Bob James   Arranger,Executive Producer
Jay Chattaway   Arranger,Producer
Alexander Courage   Composer
Hilary James   Arranger,Executive Producer
Joe Jorgensen   Engineer
Dean Pratt   Liner Notes
Tony Romano   Engineer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
John Collier   Artwork,Paintings,Cover Painting
Randall Martin   Reissue Design

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