Maynard Ferguson

Straightaway Jazz Themes

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In the early '60s trumpeter Maynard Ferguson composed a variety of jazz-oriented themes for a television show about race car drivers titled Straightaway. This LP (all of the music has since been reissued on a M.F. CD box set by Mosaic) features Ferguson's orchestra interpreting ten of the themes with arrangements provided by Willie Maiden and Don Sebesky. Actually this is one of the lesser Maynard recordings from this busy era (none of the material is all that memorable) but fans of his big band should enjoy the somewhat obscure music anyway.