Monday, December 28, 2015

CD Review: Omninore Recordings Re-Issues Albums From Jazz Great Maynard Ferguson

Canadian jazz musician Maynard Ferguson had a career in jazz which lasted over fifty years. He performed alongside many of great legends like Jimmy Dorsey, Doc Severinsen and Stan Kenton and received numerous awards for his accomplishments. After being dropped from Columbia Records in 1982, Ferguson roared right back with his return to the classic jazz fusion that made him a star in the late-seventies. Now, for the first time Omnivore Recordings is reissuing the album "Storm" along with his 1985 concert album "Live From San Francisco."

Both releases feature new liner notes from Ferguson historian Eric Palmquist and re-introduces Ferguson's mid-eighties output to the world of jazz. The album "Storm" was released in 1983 and showcases Ferguson's love for the classics as he displays in his versions of Duke Ellington's "Take The 'A' Train" and his work on the theme to "Sesame Street." His fourteen man band are electrifying during the seven-minute jazz fusion of "Latino Lovewalk" and the album closers "Go With The Flo" and "Hit In The Head."

He would follow that studio release with his first live album in over a decade. "Live From San Francisco" captures his performance at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. He began with the explosiveness of his original "Fireshaker" as Ferguson made sure he was the star attraction. The island flair of "Coconut Champagne" and the 13-minute iconic jazz sound of "Bebop Street" proudly showcases how strong his band was and how great Ferguson was as a live performer. He would bookend his show with another original, the worldly experimental sound of "Ganesha." To find out more about this two new releases from the Maynard Ferguson catalog, please visit

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