Bob Freedman on Maynard Ferguson - JazzWax

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January 15, 2010


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John Salmon

The Roulette period! For the legions of Maynard skeptics out there, they need to hear how great the charts, bands, and MF himself (showing off all his multi-instrumentalist skills) were during this period.

Good to see Freedman's still around.

Keith Fiala

Great tune! And even better yet, the 2004 tribute (Stratospheric) was amazing! I remember this tune being performed!

Keith Fiala

Bruce Armstrong

Thanks for the wonderful interview with Bob Freedman. He is a real jazz hero of mine. "And We Listened" grabbed me the first time I heard the recording in high school. I immediately marked Bob Freedman's name for future reference. I was just starting to learn to orchestrate and his ensemble voicings for Maynard's small big-band were very compelling. "Message From Newport" is one of my all-time favorites. Slide Hampton's "Slide's Dearrangement" and "Frame for the Blues" on that same LP are also standouts. That was a golden time for Maynard's band. I feel fortunate to have seen it in person a few years later.


And we Listened is not only one of my alltime favorite solos of Maynard, but is also one of my favorite compositions and arrangements. Freedman really did a great job getting the most of the band and Maynard's sound. It's cool knowing how they slowed down the tempo to record the chart - and Freedman was really happy with the result. SUCCESS.

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