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Hit Maynard High,
This review is from: Chameleon (Audio CD)During the mid 1970's the LP version of Maynard Ferguson "Chameleon" was the `Hit' for High School Jazz bands. Those who could `Hit' the high notes on trumpet were given a work out with songs by Herbie Hancock "Chameleon" & by Chick Corea "La Fiesta". The CD transferred over well with great sound. There is not a bad song in the whole CD. "The Way We Were" is a small jazz ensemble arrangement from the Barbra Streisand 1973 movie. "Jet" is a Paul McCartney `Hit' where Maynard Ferguson flies above the band. One song by Ira Gershwin "I Can't Get Started" has a male singer but I don't know his name because the inner notes are so unclear with semi colons & comas misplaced in the list of names & instruments.
What makes the title of the CD "Chameleon" so interesting is that Maynard Ferguson was accused of always changing his style as the need from social pressures or economics dictated. Maynard Ferguson did play with Jimmy Dorsey in the late 1940's & Stan Kenton in the early 1950's but went through many jazz bands of his own both big & small. I read that he played high until the end of his life. This is a well produced CD from that time period & a must for any jazz trumpet player.
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Initial post: Nov 9, 2009 4:05:48 PM PST
Amy L. Hummel says:
"One song by Ira Gershwin "I Can't Get Started" has a male singer but I don't know his name because the inner notes are so unclear"
Are you serious??? That's Maynard singing and it says so in the liner notes...
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2009 1:12:15 PM PST
John D. Dooley says:
Yes, I am serious. As I wrote the listing had alot of semi commas. Maybe I have an older CD with a poorer listing
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