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Conquistador [Original recording remastered]

Maynard FergusonAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Canadian trumpeter Maynard Ferguson is a dazzling stylist with an incredible range. He got notoriety through stints with Boyd Raeburn and Stan Kenton in the forties and fifties, who had heard the young trumpeter while passing through Montreal, his hometown. It was with Stan Kenton and the era of the rather self-conscious progressive jazz that he first came to prominence. Kenton fans applauded ... Read more in Amazon's Maynard Ferguson Store

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00009VU2V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gonna Fly Now
2. Mister Mellow
3. Theme From Star Trek
4. Conquistador
5. Soar Like An Eagle
6. The Fly

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Conquistador (of trumpet players) August 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
There are many trumpet players in the history of jazz. Only a hand few of those could reach such high notes. Maynard Ferguson ruled them all! Some people I know don't like his high pitched, loud, but rather impressive trumpet playing. But as for me, I love hearing Maynard show his chops. This man was capable of anything!

This album, probaly Maynard's most famous album of his 1970's funk/jazz days. One of my favorites on this disk is, Conquistador. This spanish tinged tune starts off with parade drums and mellow trumpet playing. The tune soon takes off and Maynard blows right on.

Soar Like An Eagle is pretty funky. Maynard's band was perfect on this recording. A pretty impressive tune that follows is The Fly, which was written by Ferguson himself. It's fast paced and hosts magnificent trumpet playing.

The tune that opens up the album is a movie theme from Rocky, (you're gonna fly now) Not the best tune on the album, but rather fun to hear Maynard do. Soar Like An Eagle is a mellow tune that reminds of some things Chuck Mangione was doing, another one of my favorite trumpet players.

The last track, is with Rocky, the theme from Star Treck. It has some awesome flute solo by now Dave Brubeck's saxophonist, Bobby Militello.

IF you dig 1970's fusion/funk/jazz, like I do, than this album will probaly be a pleasent listen for you. I put it on to have some listening pleasure, because usually I prefer to listen mostly to newer jazz records to not get lost in the past, but this album is tremendous!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maynard Ferguson IS the Man ! October 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Conquistador is only one of his many albums that are all good. The album features a lot of top named talent on every track, which helped to make ths album a smash hit . From the smooth guitar of George Benson to the keyboard of Bob James along with others , and to THE MAN himself with his stratospheric trumphet, this effort will leave any jazz-cat in awe with appreciation!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inclusive Music October 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album was a favorite of my fathers. His jazz collection was second to none. Many Saturday mornings this and other jazz albums would be playing in our living room. I call this "inclusive " because even at an early age I knew that this was great music and great music has no boundaries. I gave it only 4 stars because the album is way to short.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Artist | Title | Tracks April 4, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Maynard Ferguson
Conquistador
Original Release: 1977

1. Gonna Fly Now (4:22)
2. Mister Mellow (6:33)
3. Theme From Star Trek (4:30)
4. Conquistador (7:34)
5. Soar Like An Eagle (6:27)
6. The Fly (6:17)

Distributed by Columbia Records
CK 34457
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conquistador -Conqueror February 3, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Jazz artist Maynard Ferguson conquered the pop charts with his version of "Gonna Fly Now" theme from the movie "Rockie". At least far enough for him to reach a wider audience and inspiring multitudes of young trumpeters to try to "conquer" the trumpet. Famous for his stratospheric pyrotechnics (his bread and butter), many, including myself, believe his ability to play so melodically in the upper register (favoring soaring ballads) was a true treasure.

"Gonna Fly Now" and "Conquistador" demonstrate the sheer power and intensity he played with, the tail end of his improvised flugel solo on "Mister Mellow" shows his ability to develope long runs as he trades with George Benson.

Whichever, genre Maynard played... bop,jazz, big band, small ensemble, he made it his own. The term "Maynardized" it, came to describe his stamp on his music.
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