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The title of this recording alludes to two things. Swingin' for Schuur features the stratospheric trumpet and flugelhorn master Maynard Ferguson and his 11-piece, high-octane Big Bop Nouveau Band fronting the powerful, two-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist Diane Schuur. The title also refers to the no-nonsense, straight-ahead swing emanating from these two jazz giants. Ferguson's high-register trumpet tones add fuel to the fire of Schuur's powerful, Ella Fitzgerald-derived vocals. Together, they both generate enough heat to give old standards such as "Just One of Those Things," "Besame Mucho," and "Deep Purple" a 21st-century sheen. Schuur turns in a bouncy version of Lionel Hampton's seldom-heard ballad "Midnight Sun," and Schuur and Ferguson recast Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" with a bravura horn arrangement. --Eugene Holley Jr.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B00005O6HJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 26, 2001
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What a great line up of songs grace this latest release from Diane Schuur and the legendary Maynard Ferguson...songs from Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, Billy Strayhorn, Harold Arlen and Victor Young...the list goes on...great standards from a never to be forgotten big band era.
The arrangements are top notch...just listen to "JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS", moves you..."DEEP PURPLE", over sleepy garden walls, great lyrics..."I FALL IN LOVE TOO EASILY", touching rendition by Schuur..."JUST FRIENDS", remember Ella and Satchmo's recording, and Schuur with Ferguson give this a wonderful fresh approach.
Hats off to ~ Phil Ramone (producers), Glen Barros & John Burk (executive producers) and Concord, who always puts quality first into each release...great CD, need this one for your ever growing collection of GREAT JAZZ!
You might try other Concord releases, all worthy of a good listen ~ "Friends For Schuur" (CCD-4898-2)..."These Cats Can Swing"-Maynard Ferguson (CCD-4669-2)..."One More Trip to Birdland"-Maynard Ferguson (CCD-4729-2)..."Brass Attitude"-Maynard Ferguson (CCD-4848-2)...please check out my reviews on amazon.com/music.
Total Time: 56:52 on 12 Tracks ~ Concord Records CCD-4982-2 ~ (2001)
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This CD represents the pairing of two of today's most talented jazz musicians. What's interesting is that they both have roots clearly tied to a great bigband jazz tradition. Maynard lived it with his work with Stan Kenton, Charlie Barnett, Jimmy Dorsey, etc., while Diane, a bit too young to be considered a child of the bigband age, has paid homage to her idols on virtually all of her previous recordings, e.g. Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, etc.
All the charts on this CD are clearly rooted in the tradition of the shouting, swinging, big-band. Both artists have been criticized in the past for their "heavy handed approach", but guess what, that's the tradition of big band jazz. For those raised on Kenny G, Diane Krall, or Rick Braun as their models for what "real jazz" is all about, think again. Diane and Maynard are masters of putting everything they've got into their performances, and it comes through loud and clear on this recording.
A must for all big band fans, and especially for those needing to expand their tastes in listening. A great CD!!
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Sultry piano trio jazz this ain't. Perhaps the thrill of Big Brass is an acquired taste these days. I know people who will happily sit and listen to Korn, but claim that Stan Kenton hurts their ears. But, this is a great old time big band record, big and brassy (gosh Modern Jazz is over 50 years old!) like something Kenton (MF's old boss) might've cooked up if he had a singer with chops like Diane Shuur's. All the "screaming" is under control and the high notes are all tastfully distributed. Somehow, I suspect that this is the first time that Shuur has had an opportunity to use her 4 octave range to it's fullest, and I hope she continues to work with Maynard Ferguson. He plainly knows how to treat a good singer.
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What a pleasure this collaboration brings!! One of Diane's finest and best vocal recordings. She surpasses her previous CD's with these jazz vocals. Others try to imitate but Diane Schuur is the original piano-playing diva! Maynard Ferguson shines. Wonderful jazz orchestrations full of energy and style abound. If you love classic standard jazz, you must have this one in your collection.
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Some of the earlier reviews point out varying opinions. As a thirty year fan of Maynard Ferguson and Big Band Jazz, this album SHOULD have been received as awesome. Instead, it only gets acknowledged as being REALLY good! The reason is probably the audience and its conditioning as what jazz is supposed to be. The "smooth jazz" stuff on radio is great...I listen often. But it is NOT big band jazz. There are no modern equivalents to the Maynard Ferguson band, so today's audiences just aren't familiar with the power and dynamics of big band jazz, not to mention the hyper-power of anything with Maynard in it. Diane Schuur takes me back to the Ella type of singers fronting the great bands. Ella was not the technically purest singer in her heyday, nor was Frank Sinatra. But they had something really unique and magical that no one to this day duplicates. Schuur is on her way to finding that, too. But it takes time. This collaboration, if it is not the last between these two, could produce some truly amazing material over time and the audience will learn to understand and appreciate it. In the meantime, for those of you who love big time, powerful jazz bands fronted by the most powerful trumpeter of all time, and if you like a female jazz singer with the pipes to stand up to Mighty Maynard and his boys, then this album is for you. Slap it on and off you go! The tunes swing hard, the lead performers kick when they need to kick and soften it up when they have to, and the rhythms are very difficult but definitely on track if you know what you're listening to. If you are comfortable with Rick Braun and the stuff you hear on "Smooth Jazz" radio and think that's the way it has to be...better not touch that dial, cause this is a JAZZ album!
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