Maynard Fergusson (Screecher or Brilliance)

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by James McFadyen, Jan 24, 2004.

  1. James McFadyen

    James McFadyen New Member

    I must admit while some people see Maynard as nothing more than a screecher, I think he is one of the most greatest Trumpeters ever!

    His version of Girl Talk (originally written by the great Neal Hefti) and it's simply oustanding!

    What do all you other people think of Maynard, sometimes it can be a little over-powering, like his version of MacArthur Park or Rocky Gonna Fly Now!
  2. spookybiking

    spookybiking Member

    i have him playing the hot canary wot a lip.
  3. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Screecher. Technically brilliant of course, but frankly, wot's the point?
  4. lornamac

    lornamac New Member

    He is a God!!!

    It may not be delivered in the best possible taste but there is no denying that he is quite brilliant and one of a kind!

    I've heard him live several times and the show he puts on is spectacular.
    The myriad of CD's he's released over the years are also maybe not to everyone's taste but the boy can play high!!

    My personal favourites are:

    Star Trek (Extremely long and totally bonkers flute solo!)
    Star Wars Disco Mix (The title speaks for itself..)
    Gonna Fly Now ( the original and best!!!)

    There are so many others....
  5. Highams

    Highams Member

    If you think he's a screecher, get some new hi-fi !

    I think he has the possibly the ultimate range that never suffers tone loss.

    The LP with 'Maria' starts so low with a big fat huge tone and just goes up into the Alps !
  6. MRSH

    MRSH Supporting Member

    I think he's fantastic.

    First time I heard Star Trek I thought somebody in the room was whistling is was so high. I had to listen on the earphones just to make sure it was him. I'm positive that last note's off the piano.

    I saw him at Scotts a few years ago and he was brilliant. Although I do think the band he has behind him is being relied on more and more now - but hey, he is 76 this year. The last time I saw him was a couple of years ago and he was as awesome as ever but the band were quite disappointing.

    My favourite of his has to be MacArthur Park.
  7. amgray

    amgray Member

    Don't forget the tremendous work he did while with the Stan Kenton Band, late 1950's I think. Maybe some of the silver-surfer tMPers can enlighten?
  8. James McFadyen

    James McFadyen New Member

  9. MRSH

    MRSH Supporting Member

    You can find out more here:,_Maynard/mf-bio.html

    But here's a snippet:

    In 1949, while still a teen, Maynard dissolved his Canadian band and moved to the United States, planning to accept a standing offer from Stan Kenton to join his orchestra. Kenton, however, had decided to take a year off. It turned out to be a valuable year for Maynard nonetheless, as he gained experience playing in the Boyd Rayburn, Jimmy Dorsey and Charlie Barnett bands. Then came his very visible three-year stint with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, where Maynard's virtuosic technique and phenomenal upper-register catapulted him to stardom.

    Makes very interesting reading. What a player!!!!
  10. AndyCat

    AndyCat Active Member

    I think Maynard and his Big Bop Nouveau may be on at this years' wigan Jazz Festival, 9th - 17th July.
  11. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    His flexibility is to die for!!! That's what I call the ultimate playing!
  12. jambo

    jambo Member

    Have to agree with Highams, his performance of Maria is truly awesome as are most of his performances. I've got loads of his recordings all of which are worth marveling at each time they get an airing.
  13. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly Active Member

    Awesome player. Bram Gay wrote somwhere about Jack Macintosh that he was an incredible player, one to admire but impossible to imitate. That applies to Maynard Ferguson too, in spades.
  14. geordiecolin

    geordiecolin Active Member

    For me Maynard is pure class. Having been taught trumpet by a Maynard fan, I learnt to admie his work. Just try playing Gospel John. Its insane.

    My favourites have to be;

    Gospel John
    La Fiesta - duelling trumpets!!!
  15. James McFadyen

    James McFadyen New Member

    I really love his stuff! it is great stuff and totally dirty as hell, but like some said earlier, his tone up there is amazing!
  16. MRSH

    MRSH Supporting Member

    Just in case anyone is interested I e-mailed MF's official website for information on UK gigs this year and got this in reply:

    At this moment, there are no dates scheduled...but Maynard's itinerary has only been projected for the first four or five months of 2004....Hopefully he will visit sometime later in 2004, but I do not have any news to that fact at this time...thanks for your interest!
    Dom Camardella

    Just thought you'd like to know.
  17. yr_epa

    yr_epa Member

    I thought a lot about Maynard when I first heard him, especially the Rocky tune, but then a good friend of mine got a recording of a trumpet player called Paul Caccia (or something similar!), he is awesome. Gonna be daring enough to say that he's better than Maynard!
  18. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

    Maynard Ferguson has been in a league all his own for years, the power and consistency of his playing are amazing. I believe it's his style of play that makes him unique, together with the fact that he can do just about as well on the valve trombone.

    Others with similar credentials in my mind are Doc Severinsen and Arturo Sandoval; different styles but awesome chops!

    Derek Watkins is up there too (pun intended :wink: )
  19. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    And don't forget my personal favourite, Jon Faddis.

  20. cornetchap

    cornetchap Member

    I'd also be tempted to add James Morrison to the list too. I've got one or two Maynard recordings, some of which I really like, but others I find just too tasteless.

    Cheers, Greg.

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