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Limited Edition 10 CD set of only 5,000 copies worldwide.After immersing yourself in nine hours and 141 tracks of the Ferguson orchestra of the late 1950s and early sixties, Double high Cs will be ringing in your brain for months. Ferguson gave the orchestra a signature sound and much of its drive, but this was an arrangers band. The high-note trumpeter had charts from established writers like Marty Paich, Bill Holman, Ernie Wilkins and Benny Golson. He also encouraged arrangements from band members, and launched the arranging careers of Slide Hampton, Don Menza, Mike Abene and Don Sebesky. Willie Maiden had been a journeyman arranger for Ferguson since 1952. The uniqueness and command of the idiom in Jaki Byards few arrangements for the band emphasize the mystery of why his writing skills didnt put him in wide demand. It was a remarkable stable of arrangers, many of them writing for a group of musicians with whom they played every night. The resourcefulness of the arrangers made Fergusons ensemble sound bigger than its 13 pieces. Some of the charts experimented with keys and voicings in ways quite daring for the period, or any other. The 141 tracks of this 10-CD set include many standards in addition to the original compositions generated by the arrangers. For the most part, the arrangers fashioned standards for the dance jobs Ferguson frequently played, but they produced some of the most interesting writing in the album, much of it by Hampton, Sebesky and Maiden. Hamptons version of Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child and Sebeskys Im Beginning To See The Light are two examples of innovation applied to familiar material.

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Limited Edition 10 CD set of only 5,000 copies worldwide.After immersing yourself in nine hours and 141 tracks of the Ferguson orchestra of the late 1950s and early sixties, Double high Cs will be ringing in your brain for months. Ferguson gave the orchestra a signature sound and much of its drive, but this was an arrangers band. The high-note trumpeter had charts from established writers like Marty Paich, Bill Holman, Ernie Wilkins and Benny Golson. He also encouraged arrangements from band members, and launched the arranging careers of Slide Hampton, Don Menza, Mike Abene and Don Sebesky. Willie Maiden had been a journeyman arranger for Ferguson since 1952. The uniqueness and command of the idiom in Jaki Byards few arrangements for the band emphasize the mystery of why his writing skills didnt put him in wide demand. It was a remarkable stable of arrangers, many of them writing for a group of musicians with whom they played every night. The resourcefulness of the arrangers made Fergusons ensemble sound bigger than its 13 pieces. Some of the charts experimented with keys and voicings in ways quite daring for the period, or any other. The 141 tracks of this 10-CD set include many standards in addition to the original compositions generated by the arrangers. For the most part, the arrangers fashioned standards for the dance jobs Ferguson frequently played, but they produced some of the most interesting writing in the album, much of it by Hampton, Sebesky and Maiden. Hamptons version of Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child and Sebeskys Im Beginning To See The Light are two examples of innovation applied to familiar material.

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Limited Edition 10 CD set of only 5,000 copies worldwide.After immersing yourself in nine hours and 141 tracks of the Ferguson orchestra of the late 1950s and early sixties, Double high Cs will be ringing in your brain for months. Ferguson gave the orchestra a signature sound and much of its drive, but this was an arrangers band. The high-note trumpeter had charts from established writers like Marty Paich, Bill Holman, Ernie Wilkins and Benny Golson. He also encouraged arrangements from band members, and launched the arranging careers of Slide Hampton, Don Menza, Mike Abene and Don Sebesky. Willie Maiden had been a journeyman arranger for Ferguson since 1952. The uniqueness and command of the idiom in Jaki Byards few arrangements for the band emphasize the mystery of why his writing skills didnt put him in wide demand. It was a remarkable stable of arrangers, many of them writing for a group of musicians with whom they played every night. The resourcefulness of the arrangers made Fergusons ensemble sound bigger than its 13 pieces. Some of the charts experimented with keys and voicings in ways quite daring for the period, or any other. The 141 tracks of this 10-CD set include many standards in addition to the original compositions generated by the arrangers. For the most part, the arrangers fashioned standards for the dance jobs Ferguson frequently played, but they produced some of the most interesting writing in the album, much of it by Hampton, Sebesky and Maiden. Hamptons version of Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child and Sebeskys Im Beginning To See The Light are two examples of innovation applied to familiar material.

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