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Maynard Ferguson

When he debuted with Stan Kenton's Orchestra in 1950, Maynard Ferguson could play higher than any other trumpeter up to that point in jazz history, and he was accurate. Somehow he kept most of that range through his career and since the 1970s has been one of the most famous musicians in jazz. Never known for his exquisite taste (some of his more commercial efforts are unlistenable), Ferguson nevertheless led some important bands and definitely made an impact with his trumpet playing.

After heading his own big band in Montreal, Ferguson came to the United States in 1949 with hopes of joining Kenton's orchestra, but that ensemble had just recently broke up. So instead, Ferguson gained experience playing with the big bands of Boyd Raeburn, Jimmy Dorsey, and Charlie Barnet. In 1950, with the formation of Kenton's Innovations Orchestra, Ferguson became a star, playing ridiculous high notes with ease. In 1953, he left Kenton to work in the studios of Los Angeles and three years later led the all-star "Birdland Dreamband." In 1957, he put together a regular big band that lasted until 1965, recorded regularly for Roulette (all of the band's recordings with that label are on a massive Mosaic box set) and performed some of the finest music of Ferguson's career. Such players as Slide Hampton, Don Ellis, Don Sebesky, Willie Maiden, John Bunch, Joe Zawinul, Joe Farrell, Jaki Byard, Lanny Morgan, Rufus Jones, Bill Berry, and Don Menza were among the more notable sidemen.

After economics forced him to give up the impressive band, Ferguson had a few years in which he was only semi-active in music, spending time in India and eventually forming a new band in England. After moving back to the U.S., Ferguson in 1974 drifted quickly into commercialism. Young trumpeters in high school and colleges were amazed by his high notes, but jazz fans were dismayed by the tasteless recordings that resulted in hit versions of such songs as the themes from Star Wars and Rocky and much worse. After cutting back on his huge orchestra in the early '80s, Ferguson recorded some bop in a 1983 session, led a funk band called High Voltage during 1987-1988, and then returned to jazz with his "Big Bop Nouveau Band," a medium-sized outfit with which he toured the world up until his death from kidney and liver failure on August 23, 2006. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography


Track List: Complete High Voltage

1. Jack Usage

2. Sunday Morning

3. High Voltage

4. Stardust

5. Marketplace

6. Walkin' On The Pier

7. Snap

8. Shufflemonk

9. Omaha

10. Whatcha Thinkin'

11. Star Eyes

12. Till Then

13. Zihuatanejo

14. Nightgown

15. Get Off The Bus

16. King Kan

17. To Say The Least

18. O Sole Mio

19. O Sole Mio (Alternate Intros)


Track List: Maynard Ferguson (Bonus Track Version)

1. Airegin

2. Stay Loose With Bruce

3. 'Round Midnight

4. The Cheshire Cat Walk

5. Chameleon

6. Birdland

7. Naima

8. Got The Spirit

9. Rocky II Disco

10. Gabriel


Track List: The Birdland Dream Band (with Nick Travis, Herb Geller, Al Cohn, Budd Johnson, Hank Jones & Milt Hinton)

1. The Wailing Boat

2. Somebody Wants Me Down There

3. Maynard the Fox

4. Blue Birdland

5. Great Guns

6. Lady Bug

7. More West

8. Still Water Stomp

9. That Jones Boy

10. Rosebud

11. Button Nose

12. Little Girl Kimbi


Track List: The Lost Tapes "68-74", Vol. 2

1. Give It One

2. Blue Bird-Land

3. In The Mood

4. Ole'

5. Sunny

6. Eli's Coming

7. Bridge Over Troubled Water

8. The Meeting Of Shiva Shakti

9. L.A. Expression

10. La Fiesta


Track List: The New Sounds Of Maynard Ferguson / Come Blow Your Horn

1. Take The "A" Train

2. Bossa Nova De Funk

3. Gravy Waltz

4. Cherokee (Indian Love Song)

5. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

6. One O'Clock Jump

7. At The Sound Of The Trumpet

8. Maine Bone

9. Watermelon Man

10. Danny Boy

11. The Song Is You (Bonus Track)

12. Groove

13. Country Boy

14. Blues For A Four String Guitar

15. Whisper Not

16. We've Got A World That Swings

17. Chicago That Toddling Town

18. Naked City Theme

19. New Hope

20. Antony And Cleopatra Theme

21. Come Blow Your Horn


Track List: Live From London

1. A Night In Tunisia (Live)

2. In A Mellow Tone (Live)

3. St. Thomas (Live)

4. Fox Hunt (Live)

5. Rhythm Method (Live)

6. My One And Only Love (Live)

7. Glenn's Den (Live)


Track List: Swingin' Live In Hollywood

1. Little Girl Kimbi

2. Geller's Celler

3. Ain't Life Grand?

4. Blue Birdland

5. Great Guns

6. Groover Wailin'

7. Lady Bug

8. Christmas For Moderns

9. My Funny Valentine

10. Early Hours

11. Free Lee

12. The Wailing Boat

13. Stand Up And Preach

14. Dancing Nitely

15. Rosebud

16. More West

17. Velvet

18. Maynard The Fox

19. Goodbye Mr. Chops


Track List: 50 Jazz Essentials

1. Do Nothin' Till You Here From Me

2. The Party Is Over

3. Dancing Nitely

4. Soft Winds

5. Egad, Martha

6. What Was Her Name

7. Idyll

8. Finger Snappin'

9. Ain't Life Grand?

10. Breakfast Dance

11. My Foolish Heart

12. Let's Fall In Love

13. It Could Happen To You

14. The Masquerade Is Over

15. Well, Hardly Ever

16. I Have But Two Horns

17. C'est La Blues

18. Where's Teddy?

19. Yeah

20. My New Flame

21. Stompin' At The Savoy

22. I'll Be Seeing You

23. 'Tis Autumn

24. 20, Rue De Madrid

25. Super-G

26. Don't Take Your Love From Me

27. Dreamboat

28. If I Should Loose You

29. You Don't Know What Love Is

30. Let's Face The Music And Dance

31. Autumn Leaves

32. Wildman

33. I'm Beginning To See The Light

34. Hey There

35. Pork Pie

36. 'Round Midnight

37. Let's Do It

38. Open Sesame

39. Mrs. Pitlack Regrets

40. The Roamin' Showman

41. Wonder Why

42. Spring Is Here

43. Mangos

44. Inter-Space

45. It's Only A Paper Moon

46. Never You Mind

47. Teach Me Tonight

48. Secret Love

49. Slow Stroll

50. It Might As Well Be Spring


Track List: Straight Up

Disc 1

1. The Wailing Boat

2. Somebody Wants Me Down There

3. Maynard The Fox

4. Blue Birdland

5. Great Guns

6. Lady Bug

7. More West

8. Still Water Stomp

9. That Jones Boy

10. Rosebud

11. Button Nose

12. Little Girl Kimbi

Disc 2

1. Straight Up

2. Cervezita

3. Mogo

4. Sleep Softly

5. Geller's Cellar

6. Free Lee

7. Say It With Trumpets

8. Everybody Moan

9. Tell Me Funky

10. You Said It

11. Early Hours

12. Nightmare Alley


Track List: Jazz For Dancing

1. Hey There

2. Where's Teddy

3. If I Should Lose You

4. I'll Be Seeing You

5. 'Tis Autumn

6. Secret Love

7. I'm Beginning To See The Light

8. It Might As Well Be Spring

9. Stompin' At The Savoy

10. 'Round Midnight

11. Soft Winds


Track List: M.F. Horn 3

1. Awright, Awright

2. 'Round Midnight

3. Nice 'N Juicy

4. Pocahontas

5. Love Theme From 'The Valachi Papers'

6. Mother Fingers

7. S.O.M.F.


Track List: M.F. Horn Two

1. Give It One

2. Country Road

3. Theme From "Shaft"

4. Theme From "Summer Of 42"

5. Mother

6. Spinning Wheel

7. Free Wheeler

8. Hey Jude


Track List: Around The Horn

1. Mrs. Pitlack Regrets

2. Never You Mind

3. Pork Pie

4. Dreamboat

5. Well, Hardly Ever

6. The Roamin' Showman

7. Dancing Nitely

8. Ain't Life Grand

9. Idyll

10. Open Sesame

11. C'est La Blues

12. Wildman


Track List: The Lost Tapes "76-74"

1. El Dopa

2. Fox Hunt

3. Tenderly

4. Watermelon Man

5. Somewhere

6. The Italian Suite

7. Eleanor Rigby

8. The Fruit Of The Loon

9. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

10. Bluebird


Track List: The Essential Maynard Ferguson

Disc 1

7. Blue Birdland (Remastered)

14. Macarthur Park

15. Ballad To Max

16. Give It One

17. 'Round Midnight

Disc 2

1. The Fox Hunt

2. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

3. Two For Otis

4. Superbone Meets The Bad Man

5. Chameleon

6. The Cheshire Cat Walk

7. Gonna Fly Now

8. Everybody Loves The Blues

9. An Offering Of Love

10. Birdland


Track List: Wow! The Formative Years

1. Diz Duz Everything

2. Body And Soul

3. All The Things You Are

4. Maynard Ferguson

5. Take The "A" Train

6. Short Wave

7. Love Locked Out

8. The Band Ain't Draggin'

9. The Hot Canary

10. What's New?

11. King's Riff

12. Wow!

13. The Way You Look Tonight

14. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm

15. Over The Rainbow

16. Hymn To Her

17. Wonder Why

18. C'est La Blues

19. Mrs. Pitlack Regrets

20. Maynard The Fox

21. The Wailing Boat

22. Say It With Trumpets

23. Everybody Moan

24. You Said It


Track List: The One And Only Maynard Ferguson

1. Without A Song

2. Besame Mucho

3. Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone

4. Vita Bella

5. Dr. Fox Ph.D.

6. Lost Horizons

7. Surviving Soho

8. The Days Of Wine And Roses

9. Darn That Dream


Track List: This Is Jazz #16

1. Birdland

2. Everybody Loves The Blues

3. MacArthur Park

4. The Fox Hunt (Live)

5. The Cheshire Cat Walk (Feat. Mark Colby)

6. 'Round Midnight

7. Gospel John

8. Gonna Fly (Theme From Rocky)


Track List: Jazz Masters 52

1. King's Riff

2. Maiden Voyage

3. Willie Nillie

4. Hymn To Her

5. The Way You Look Tonight

6. Can't We Talk It Over

7. Egad, Martha

8. Dancing Nitely

9. The Lamp Is Low

10. Dreamboat

11. Pork Pie

12. Never You Mind

13. Love Me Or Leave Me

14. Moonlight In Vermont

15. Easy To Love

16. Wild Man


Track List: The Essence Of Maynard Ferguson

1. Primal Scream

2. 'Round Midnight

3. The Fox Hunt

4. Everybody Loves The Blues

5. Conquistador

6. Birdland

7. I Can't Get Started

8. MacArthur Park


Track List: Big Bop Nouveau

1. Blue Birdland

2. Cherokee

3. Caught In A Current

4. But Beautiful

5. Cruisin? For A Bluessin?

6. The Maynard Ferguson Hit Medley: Chameleon / MacArthur Park / Frame For The Blues / Maria / Birdland

7. Compared To You


Track List: Body & Soul

1. Expresso

2. Body & Soul

3. M.O.T.

4. Mira Mira

5. Last Dive

6. Beautiful Hearts

7. Central Park

8. Flight 108

9. Blues From Space

10. M.O.T. (Alternate Version)


Track List: Live From San Francisco

1. Fireshaker (Live 5/27/83)

2. Coconut Champagne (Live 5/27/83)

3. Lush Life (Live 5/27/83)

4. South 21st Shuffle (Live 5/27/83)

5. Bebop Buffet (Live 5/27/83)

6. On The Sunny Side Of The Street ( (Live 5/27/83)

7. Ganesha (Live 5/27/83)


Track List: Hollywood

1. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

2. Déjà Vu

3. Hollywood

4. Nine To Five

5. For Your Eyes Only

6. Here Today

7. Portuguese Love

8. Touch And Go


Track List: Storm

1. Admiral's Horn

2. Jar Star

3. Take The 'A' Train

4. Latino Lovewalk

5. Sesame Street

6. As Time Goes By

7. Go With The Flo

8. Hit In The Head


Track List: It's My Time

1. It's My Time

2. Dance To Your Heart

3. Everybody Loves The Blues

4. An Offering Of Love

5. Star

6. You Can Have Me Anytime

7. Red Creek

8. The Spirit Of St. Frederick


Track List: Hot

1. Rocky II...Knockout!

2. Gabriel

3. Om Sai Ram

4. Theme From "Star Trek"

5. Dayride

6. Naima

7. Topa-Topa Woman


Track List: Carnival

1. M.F. Carnival

2. Fantasy

3. Theme From "Battlestar Galactica"

4. Stella By Starlight

5. Birdland

6. Baker Street

7. How Ya Doin' Baby?

8. Over The Rainbow (1978 Version)


Track List: New Vintage

1. Main Title From "Star Wars"

2. Oasis

3. Maria

4. El Vuelo (The Flight)

5. Scheherazade

6. Airegin


Track List: Conquistador

1. Gonna Fly Now

2. Mister Mellow

3. Theme From Star Trek

4. Conquistador

5. Soar Like An Eagle

6. The Fly


Track List: Primal Scream

1. Primal Scream

2. The Cheshire Cat Walk

3. Invitation

4. Pagliacci

5. Swamp


Track List: Chameleon

1. Chameleon

2. Gospel John

3. The Way We Were

4. Jet

5. La Fiesta

6. I Can't Get Started

7. Livin' For The City

8. Superbone Meets The Bad Man


Track List: M.F. Horn

1. Eli's Comin'

2. Ballad To Max

3. MacArthur Park

4. Chala Nata

5. If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind

6. L-Dopa


Track List: 1967


Track List: Ridin' High

1. The Rise And Fall Of Seven

2. Light Green

3. Kundalini Woman

4. Sunny

5. Meet A Cheetah

6. Molecules

7. Wack-Wack

8. Stan Speaks

9. Alfie


Track List: Newport Suite

1. Jazz Bary

2. Foxy

3. Newport

4. Got The Spirit

5. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

6. Ol' Man River

7. Three More Foxes


Track List: A Message From Newport

1. The Fugue

2. Fan It Janet

3. The Waltz

4. Tag Team

5. And We Listened

6. Slide's Derangement

7. Frame For The Blues

8. Humbug

9. Three Little Foxes


Track List: Maynard Ferguson Octet

1. Finger Snappin'

2. My New Flame

3. Autumn Leaves

4. Inter-Space

5. 20, Rue De Madrid

6. Super-G

7. What Was Her Name?

8. Yeah


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How about his version of Maria? ��
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Mr.Schwartz, am confused. Are you liking or hating MacArthur Park? Are there 2 versions, one so bad it made you cry, followed by the English recording that was announcing Maynard's return??
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Every time I read this bio it hurts me. When was the last time (or the first time, for that matter) that Scott Yanow hit a triple high C with ANY band? MacArthur Park was so bad that the first time I heard it, it made me cry. It turns out that Maynard had disappeared for awhile and was supposedly living with Timothy Leary. Somehow, he got his act together and fronted a group in England then recorded MacArthur Park. To me it was like him saying I'm back, and I'm playing better than ever.
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Tasteless? Hooey. Ferguson was an entertainer who brought joy and amazement to millions, especially other trumpeters and brass musicians.
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Respectfully , I've spent many hours listening to Maynard's tasteless recordings. MacArthur Park is a classic! And his concerts were phenomenal! Maynard also took time to mentor young musicians in high school workshops all across the nation. He was deeply interested in helping the next generation develop a love for music. What a dazzling trumpet player!
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Jerry L. Many trumpet players could hit high notes but Maynard actually played up there with fat quality high notes. Not just squeaks and squeals.
No one could do it like him. Get A message from bird land or live at Newport.
He was truly unique. And what a personality.
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16 years old fist chair trombone. front row seats and us blown away
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Yes, I for one loved Rocky and Star Trek versions great records. .
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1974- a 14 year old kid- first concert ever- Maynard and his orchestra opening for Buddy Rich and his orchestra. Felt Forum- Madison Square Garden..... Jazz fan forever! Best concert ever!!
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Ferguson's "Live at Jimmy's" album in 1974 was a work of art.
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Mr. Yanow, your credential s are impeccable , therefore your opinion is always noteworthy . However you may have not credited Mr. Ferguson with his greatest accomplish m e n t because it is so indelibly linked with that commercial music you disdain. That commercial music as Maynard played it was very much responsibl e for bringing big band jazz back from the brink of extinction . Maynard was to Jazz, Pavarotti was to Opera as Hulk Hogan was to Profession a l
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Mr. Yanow, your credentials are impeccable, therefore your opinion is always noteworthy. However you may have not credited Mr. Ferguson with his greatest accomplishme n t because it is so indelibly linked with that commercial music you disdain. That commercial music as Maynard played it was very much responsible for bringing big band jazz back from the brink of extinction. Maynard was to Jazz, Pavarotti was to Opera as Hulk Hogan was to Professional wrestling, the saviors of their art.
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I love his version of Rocky!
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leids54..... . . . . . . . t o add to my last s t e r d a y I turned 85 years of age and am still enjoying all of Maynards work along with Frank Sinatra,Coun t Basie. We sure are lucky to have lived thru that era.
Maynard....y o u were the top along with Stan Kenton...THA N K S
Report as inappropriate add to the concert in Mansfield, Pa..they al came thru a snow storm and had wet feet due to the lack of proper shoes as they left the bus to play the gig.It didn't matter to them they played in bare feet.What a thrill it was to see Maynard riding an upturned table playing his heart out.
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leids54 I first saw Maynard play with Stan Kentons band in an old barn around 1950 in Bethlehem Pa. That night is unforgettabl e . We rocked so much they disallowed any more bands there due to the safety hazards of the floor caving in.
My next viewing with Maynard and company was around the early 70s at Mansfield State College Oh what a night.The band filled on stage bare footed and they carried Maynard in on a table turned upside down and he was playing his heart out . unforgettabl e ! ! ! !
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Hey fatboyjace, I agree with you...They need to get off their high horse on that bio.......Ma y n a r d was the MAN!!! But, I still love Doc too...Just imagine both of them together in concert on the same stage, OMG!!!
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Saw Maynard about 30 times. Loved to bring someone along who had never heard him and watch their amazement. Went to the memorial concert in St. Louis. What a night, sigh!
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Yes Stella by starlight how can you play that song like that just amazing
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Awesome trumpeter for many generations. Love his big band modern version of Stella by Starlight. Totally blew me away when I first heard it. He will surely be missed, but his music lives on.
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Though I was not born in that era, I --People if you can listen to big band misic and not feel happy, tap your feet or play air drums or the like , there is something wrong with you.
Just sayin'
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This might be the most uneducated and biased bio I have ever read. I get it you didn't like his music but obviously millions of us did. Get over your posturing and open your mind to different musical interpretati o n s . Believe it or not, that is what jazz and swing is all about.
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My high school idol, with Buddy Rich, Bill Chase. He entertained and made the world a better place. Taps for Maynard-RIP
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This bio is a joke. Never known for his exquisite taste (some of his more commercial efforts are unlistenable ) . . . w h o are you to say that his taste wasn't exquisite just because he liked more than just what you claim to be jazz. There's a reason they were commercially successful; they appealed to a much larger audience. Maynard clearly enjoyed playing many different genres, not just jazz. Get off your high horse!
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MacArthurPar k ? Helloo? Maynard's version is beyond comparison! As IS, this great artist! Sadly missed, fondly remembered!!
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Greatness! Thank you.
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No one could play like Maynard no one Maynard unique sound will never ever be replicated he was simply REDICULOUS.
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God Bless Maynard! He's with the Angels now. He's a friend since 1950 when I saw him at the Opera House in Chicago with Stan Kenton Innovations and later met personally every time he visited the Chicago Area in later years. He's a wonderful person with super-talent and a great smile! I'm lucky to have had this experience!!
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Our HS stage band played MF's MacArthur Park, Chameleon and Gospel John in the mid 70's. Although we had learned swing and jazz music from the 20's on, we loved the (then) modern sound and power of MF's style. I was a sax player, and I liked the fact, not often mentioned, that MF surrounded himself with good players, and let them work. It really wasn't just his star vehicle I, for one, appreciate his dedication to educating high school and college musicians. I definitely benefited.
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Maynard did one thing - upper register. He was the best at that. PERIOD (nod to Bill Chase). Saw him in the 70's, 80's, and last heard him play in St. Louis in 2001. Severinson was much better all around, but that wasn't what MF did, nor did he pretend to. Going to hear MF play was like going to a very eclectic restaurant - you didn't get music for the masses, you got HIM. BTW, this profile is, um, questionable . His commercial recordings were not unlistenable , but not gems, either. GREAT MAN
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I like Maynard a lot. But Doc Severinson had much better tone and control in the high register.
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Maynard was the genuine article. A man who loved his work and performed it with passion and power for decades. Count me among those who was fortunate enough to meet him and see him perform several times over the years. In this I also commend Woody Herman, who easily could have done the nostalgia thing, but instead continued to foster new generations of contemporary artists, as did Maynard.
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Maynard need more likes!!!!!!
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Just purchased a French LeBlanc trumpet , Gozzo Model. Beautiful.
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MF was amazing on Ballads. People, Maria, Somewhere, etc.
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Used to play Maynard's charts while at Carnegie Mellon University playing under Randy Purcell. A real blast!
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Big band 40's feel..friday night fish fry...
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Got to see MF play with his High Voltage combo at a local high school in 1988. Quite a memorable experience - I believe he was in his early 60s at that time and his energy level on stage was incredible. What a great way to influence the younger generation - doing his part to keep jazz alive.
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I witnessed a great concert in '74 in San Franciso at the Great American Music Hall. The band entered from off stage through the audience and exited the same way. They marched in and out playing full blast and put on an absolutely amazing jaw-dropping performance! He was my fav. no 1 big band from that day on, with Buddy Rich's band a close 2nd.
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trumpet chops not easy to maintain w/age! Agree with the some unlistenable , but there's an album M.F. Horn 3 smokin' hot, non-commerci a l , Very Tasty. Tracks Awright,Awri g h t Round Midnight(awe s o m e ) Nice N Juicy Pocahontas Love Theme from the Valachi Papers Mother Fingers and S.O.M.F on M.F.Horn | 3, keep an eye out for those! (couldnt even buy it on CD until a few years ago...) Oh's also fun to listen to his M.F.Superbon e (valve trombone), RIP Bill Chase also!
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saw Maynard numerous times...noth i n g but high energy,sure he wasnt technically tight at times but because of his commercial crossover tunes, that unlistenable music brought in a lot of people to Jazz. i actually still like some of that stuff to this day.unfair review. @Dr_illini
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I got to see him right before he passed away. he played a concert at David Douglas High School and I got a copy of chameleon signed from him. Him and his band were incredible.
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Wow a lot of found memories playing my trumpet. Skipping class to go down to the music room, put the headphones, get one of the many charts we played of his, and played along. All 5 of us had silver trumpets and Maynard was our hero. We won every competition we entered except one in L.A. In that one, (second) my friend and our screaming lead trumpet player, Danny Kirsop, was given Maynards MF Horn, after Maynard played Give it One then made Danny take the MF and play Hey Jude with his orche
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I saw Maynard play at my school in ~1996. He was incredible.
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Maynard actually came to my High School in the 1970's, played in the auditorium and wowed a bunch of freaks, motorheads, jocks and geeks. Well, at least I was wowed.
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Take the reviewer and shoot him. Maynard was the "Brass Player of the Century". Nobody had his sound, or ability.
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I grew up - musically - in 1973 through 1983 playing trumpet. When I first heard MF, I was totally floored - I couldn't get enough. I figured out how to do some of the things Maynard did - I could even hit a double-C by the time I was in college and played lead in our Jazz band for 2+ years. Other trumpet performers may have been better technically, or even musically, but today I always go back to Maynard as my idol. I still can't get enough of him. His is greatly missed - nothing like him today
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Could some of you fellow Maynard fans join me in requesting some of his (and Woody Herman & Buddy Rich's) jazz-rock albums from the 1970s? This will only work if you flood the following address with emails: suggest-musi c @ p a n d o r a . c o m
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I was able to see Maynard, Bill Chase and Doc, as well as other great trumpeters while growing up. I even got to play Bill Chase's horn a few weeks before he died. A former classmate of mine, Dave Monette built several trumpets for Maynard. We all loved him, and he was a major motivator for us. He had a level of musical heart and soul few achieve.
His music touched you is fantastic ways. Did he have imperfection s ? Maybe. So what! His goods so outshined the bads that the bads disappear.
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Glossing over the early 70's work as merely forming a new band in England is absurd. Maynard put together incredible bands during that period that included Randy Jones, Bruce Johnstone, Stan Mark, Pete Jackson, Tony Buchanon, Bob Summers, and Lin Biviano. Later in the 70's, Chameleon and other albums had great bands with great arrangements . Reviewers who dismiss this work as commercialis m sound like the folks who criticized Miles and Bob Dylan when they moved forward musically.
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