Primal Scream/New Vintage/Carnival

Primal Scream/New Vintage/Carnival

by Maynard FergusonMaynard Ferguson


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/04/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 5017261211422
catalogNumber: 2491170


Disc 1

  1. Primal Scream
  2. The Cheshire Cat Walk
  3. Invitation
  4. Pagliacci
  5. Swamp
  6. Main Title
  7. Oasis
  8. Maria
  9. El Vuelo
  10. Scheherazade
  11. Airegin

Disc 2

  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

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)
David Sanborn   Alto Saxophone
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
Armando Anthony 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
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
Armando Anthony 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
Victor Young   Composer
Ulf Skogsbergh   Cover Photo
Charles Waring   Liner Notes
Mike Abene   Arranger
Stanley Tonkel   Engineer
Gerry Block   Engineer
Don Paluse   Engineer
Arky and Barrett   Cover Photo

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