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  1. Band Ain't Draggin
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  2. Band Ain't Draggin

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The music on these sides is the product of different sessions that represent, between them, a veritable Blue Book of West Coast jazz. At the head of each ensemble, enjoying himself to the full, is trumpeter extraordinary Maynard Ferguson. Most of the men heard in this CD were old friends, either colleagues from the Stan Kenton band or Californians with whom he had worked on and off for several years. 18 total tracks originally recorded in 1950-54. Fresh Sound. 2005.

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Collectors of recordings from Maynard's early years, some of the most unique trumpet playing in the history of jazz, are confronted with choices between CD collections that have overlapping selections. If you have the recent release "Wow! The Formative Years" (which has 24 tracks) then you don't need to pick up this one (which overlaps "Wow!" with 11 of its 18 tracks). Nonetheless, there is some excellent material here and the audio quality is great.

Tracks 11 to 18 are from a 1954 octet session featuring Willie Maiden arrangements that showcase a tight ensemble sound and impressive solos from Maynard and his sidemen. Track 4, a 1950 recording of "Take the A Train", is a different arrangement than the one Maynard recorded in 1964, and this one is not to be missed. Maynard's solo convincingly demonstrates his prowess both as a jazz player and a master of the upper register. Track 6, a 1951 rendition of "The Hot Canary", is a novelty that belongs in every MF collection - his... Read more
This is actually a pretty cool collection of Maynard Ferguson's early work as a leader (or record sessions issued under his name as the leader). It includes sessions he recorded for Capitol in 1950 (while he was still a member of Stan Kenton's Innovations Orchestra) and were originally issued on 78s such as The Hot Canary (with its flip side of What's New), Band Ain't Draggin' (with its flip side of Love Locked Out), while Short Wave and Take the A Train were issued on Capitol compilations of various artists. This digital collection also includes his classic octet session for Emarcy from 1954, which is more of a west coast session featuring such heavy hitters as Bob Gordon, Bud Shank, and Bob Cooper and calls more for a trumpeter the likes of Shorty Rogers or Chet Baker, and so Maynard's horn, while played with his usual expertise and command, is not heard here in its best setting.
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