Maynard Ferguson RIP

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  1. AndyCat

    AndyCat Active Member

  2. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    RIP indeed. A true legend.
     
  3. MRSH

    MRSH Supporting Member

    Second that. Saw him many times and would never tire of listening to this genius of a trumpet player.

    He will be sorely missed.
     
  4. markyboy

    markyboy Member

    First we lose Don Lusher , then a couple of months later Maynard Ferguson.

    Two players that will never be replaced. Very sad to hear this news.
     
  5. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Sad news indeed! A big influence for many who wanted to cross that bridge to jazz and big band playing.
     
  6. Maestro

    Maestro Active Member

    Very sad news indeed.
    As has been said before, 2 musical geniuses lost in a short space of time.
     
  7. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    The high notes he couldn't hit aren't worth mentioning.


    Sad loss.
     
  8. andywooler

    andywooler Supporting Member

    I was just about to post in the other thread on influences when I spotted this.
    Maynard inspired a generation of trumpet players, myself included. He leaves behind a legacy of young alumni that can be found in most of the bands of note in the US through his policy in recent years of encouraging younger players. A check of his gig list some years often reveals more college gigs than Jazz clubs.
    A giant amongst trumpet players he will be sadly missed. Like Matt, I also saw him most years he was over including the last time at Ronnies - which turned out to be probably his last live recording.
     
  9. euphfanhan

    euphfanhan Member

    Very sorry to hear that :( . Unfortunately I never got the chance to hear him live, but I have a few of his CD's and DVD's. Legendary guy.
     
  10. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    And normal people couldn't hear the highest notes he could hit....
     
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  12. TIMBONE

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    Another legend. Sadly missed.
     
  13. dickyg

    dickyg Member

    "Star Trek" was the first thing I heard him play when I was kid - couldn't believe what I was hearing!!!!!!
     
  14. squirrel

    squirrel Member

    I was introduced to the sound of Maynard on band tours with the Sheffield Youth Brass Band, and whilst I can understand it isn't to everyones tastes, I think most people are in awe of just how high he could play (my best mate's partner goes "oh no, sooty and sweep again" :))

    My particular favourites are "Gospel John" and "Birdland", but I'll never be able to play high enough to do either particular justice :(
     
  15. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    Three words to describe him: Trumpet playing genius.

    Rest in Piece.
     
  16. FlugelD

    FlugelD Member

    We're playing Birdland at Troon tomorrow - erm, today... - MC's notes have been changed to announce Sandy's arrangement of the arrangement by the late Maynard - if he'd shuffled off this mortal coil a few days later, we might have felt guilty :eek:

    A great player, sadly missed. Even by those of us who only had recordings to go by.
     
  17. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    - at the time Sandy wrote that arrangement I hadn't heard Maynard's version. I complimented Sandy on the way he penned it and you should have seen my face when I heard the original on a compilation of Maynard's charts .... :ranting2: I'm sure the original is not mentioned on the arrangement's score! (... but I could be wrong)

    post-edit:- N.B., I do know that Birdland was originally written by Joe Zawinul and played by Weather Report .... just before anybody jumps down my throat! :cool:
     
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  18. FlugelD

    FlugelD Member

    The arrangement is credited Arr. Smith Comp. Zawinul - I've got the Weather Report album (Heavy Weather), but hadn't heard Maynard's version until fairly recently - conductor's car, post rehearsal - awesome! I'd wondered where Sandy's cornet solos had come from...
     
  19. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    - who have you got playing the solo at the end? (... bringing in someone or is your solo cornet/sop. going to brave the storm?) :confused:
     
  20. FlugelD

    FlugelD Member

    Bring in someone? - wash your mouth out!! (we've got deps on bass and kit, where we're currently lacking...)

    Stuart Dickson, principal cornet, is giving it laldy - maybe not note for note what's written (don't tell the man in the box!), but would Maynard have necessarily followed the dots? ;)
     
  21. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    - good to know then! ;) Best of luck with it at Troon!

    (also check out Maynard's second version of Birdland with recent band Big Bop Nouveau ... stunning!)
     
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