Maynard '63

Maynard Ferguson

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Maynard '63 Review

by Scott Yanow

Nearly all of Maynard Ferguson's Roulette recordings are well worth picking up. This LP (which has been reissued on CD by Roulette) features M.F.'s 14-piece band in 1962 and is not an exception to the rule. In addition to the exciting leader/trumpeter, the main soloists are altoist Lanny Morgan, Don Menza and Willie Maiden on tenors and pianist Mike Abene, all of whom excel on the bop-oriented music. This was one of the best big bands of the era.