The Essential Maynard Ferguson 2-CD Set



Trumpeter Maynard Ferguson was from the start a talented straight-ahead player, as this collection’s first disc proves. But as times changed, so too did his music, veering strongly into heavily arranged pop-jazz confectionary, as the second disc shows. Nevertheless, his playing was consistently exciting and his high-note reaches are truly something to marvel at. No collection of his would be complete without the Rocky theme “Gonna Fly Now”; it duly appears here on disc two. Total Time: 2 hours 36 minutes

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