Conquistador Original recording remastered
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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!
"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.
Best without a doubt was theme from Rocky and title track "Conquistador". Maynard's lung power on "Conquistador" opening solo was just incredible! Theme from Rocky brought him so much recognition that in concert he would have to remind the audience that his friend Bill Conti composed it! Those two alone are worth the price of the CD. I would describe Maynard's "Gonna' Fly Now" as supercharged from start to finish.
I'll admit I am biased when it comes to Maynard's work, if only because he gave us so much great stuff for so many year and I played so many of his albums to death. He had his share of clunker tracks, to be sure, but overall he would be a valuable addition to your jazz music collection, with the caveat being that his '70s and early '80s releases were Maynard trying to adapt to mainstream--i.e. "disco"--to satisfy his studio to sell more albums. I think Maynard won out in the end, however. You be the judge, and welcome to the Wonderful World of Maynard Ferguson!!!
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
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If you haven't heard of Maynard Ferguson, you need to hear this. Awesome! Powerful!Published 16 months ago by Daniel G. Castro
It reminds me of when I played a gig with him in El Paso in the 1980's.Published on May 16, 2010 by Randall W. Mcmullen
i love conquistador!i bought this album 31 years ago in college.the sound is very good on cd and i will purchase more Maynard Ferguson music soon.Published on March 11, 2008 by William Sumby
Maynard Ferguson is without a doubt a great trumpet player, a great band leader, and a wonderful judge of talent as evidenced by his ability to surround himself with some of the... Read morePublished on November 7, 2007 by Archie Mercer