Maynard Ferguson

Maynard '63

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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.