Home » Jazz Articles » Album Review » The Loudhorns: One For Maynard

354

The Loudhorns: One For Maynard

By

Sign in to view read count
The Loudhorns: One For Maynard
For those who think that Nashville, TN., aka Music City, is solely entrenched within the Country Music and Americana realm, then you'd be dead wrong. With one of the nation's strongest jazz radio stations, WMOT and music venues that promote numerous stylistic avenues, Nashville offers a potpourri of multi-genre related activities. Here, some of the city's top-flight session artists join forces and pay some exuberant homage to the late trumpeter Maynard Ferguson.

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 abandon—on 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

The Loudhorns
band / ensemble / orchestra
Mike Casteel
trumpet
Roy Agee
trombone
Erin Horner
french horn
Adam Agati
guitar
Ron Gilmore
keyboards

Barry Green: trombone.

Album information

Title: One For Maynard | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Loud Conversation Pieces


< Previous
Trip To The Casbah

Next >
Conic Folded

Comments

Tags


For the Love of Jazz
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

You Can Help
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

More

Where Did You Go?
Sandman Project
Traumsequenz
Moritz Stahl
The Cold Arrow
Gregorio / Smith / Bryerton
Mosaic
Nicole McCabe

Popular

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.