The Loudhorns: One For Maynard (2009)
The respective performers' resumés span gigs with eminent stars such as Elton John, Garth Brooks, Tony Bennett, and Ferguson to complement a who's who list. The eleven-piece group turns in rousing covers selected from Ferguson's repertoire, including a disciplined but garrulous spin on Chick Corea's "La Fiesta." They also delve into some jazz-rock motifs, which is a component of the trumpeter's '70s and beyond playlist.
The ensemble's approach consists of power-packed arrangements, accelerated by rocketing horn choruses and a blistering impetus. The trio of trumpeters judiciously nails those high notes, which, of course, is synonymous with Ferguson's mode of execution. And the musicians turn in a snappy, jazz-funk rendition of Stevie Wonder's "I Wish," featuring the hornists' perky accents and piercing crescendos.
Trombonists Barry Green and Roy Agee take the lead atop a high-impact swing vamp on "Superbone Meets The Badman." The musicians then close out the festivities with a ballsy and peppery spin on everyone's favorite cover tune; Joe Zawinul's "Birdland." But it's not about screaming notes and wayward abandonon the contrary, it's an astutely engineered effort that packs a mighty wallop amid the proper variances in pitch and tempo.
Track Listing: Give It One; La Fiesta; Bohemian Rhapsody; Foreign Correspondent; I Wish; Left Bank Express; Superbone Meets the Bad Man; Fly Away From Here; Birdland.
Personnel: Steve Patrick: trumpet, flugelhorn; Vinnie Ciesielski: trumpet, flugelhorn; Mike Casteel: trumpet, flugelhorn; Erin Horner: French horn; Barry Green: trombone; Roy Agee: trombone; Joe Murphy: tuba; Ron Gilmore: keyboards; Adam Agati: guitar; Tony Nagy: bass; Jason Waters: drums.
Record Label: Loud Conversation Pieces