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Album Review

Even at the age of 67, Maynard Ferguson shows on this CD that he could still belt out the high notes. His "Big Bop Noveau" band consists of four trumpets, trombonist Tom Garling (who takes a rockish guitar solo on "Birdland"), Matt Wallace and Chris Farr on saxophones, and a rhythm section. With the exception of "Birdland," the music is strictly bebop, with plenty of screaming trumpet and heated playing; Wallace's alto outbursts often take honors. Highlights include "Manteca," "Cajun Cookin'," "Milestones" and a hyper "It Don't Mean a Thing."

Customer Reviews

Best MF from his post-Rocky days

Maynard's career can be split into three time periods. There was his early big band material from the 50's and 60's when he honed his own skill and played with some of the greatest Jazz musicians of all time. Then there was the 70's and 80's phase where he became a pop icon and belted out hits like "I'm Gonna Fly." Then there was his music from the 90's until his death where he played around with some of the early Jazz masters, but belted out with the style he perfected in the 70's. This album showcases his skill perfectly through amazing arrangements of old classics like "Birdland" (Charley Parker), "Milestones" (Miles Davis), and "It Don't Mean A Thing" (Duke Ellington). Then there are the fun pieces like "Cajun Cookin'" and "Blues From Around Here" that will keep your feet stompin'. Truly, this is one of MF's greatest albums ever.

Timely Playing from an Old Lion

This guy can blow down a brick house! Maynard passed away last night (August 23, 2006). Though, this record is amazing in its own right because it frames a giant, in his favorite environment: the stratosphere., it certainly merits closer inspection as his finale. Check it out. It will BLOW YOUR MIND!

The Master of the Stratosphere

In 1997 when I was in high school, I was honored to attend a master class given my Maynard Ferguson at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. I will never forget how dedicated he was to his craft, and that dedication is on display on this album. It's all here, from the screaming trumpet solos to the insanely tight rhythm section. This is a great introduction to the master turmpet players bop work, and is a fine addition to anyone's library.

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