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DVD of the Month

June 28, 2008

The World of Maynard Ferguson was a TV special recorded in 1970 in England. It was recorded on 16mm film, but the original is now lost. This DVD was made from a first-generation videotape copy. The quality is pretty good, considering. Produced by Sleepy Night Records, it is available from ejazzlines.com.

It also includes an interview with Ernie Garside, Maynard’s former manager, and a tribute montage by Gary Gilles that includes video from Maynard’s performances from 1994 to 2004.

If you are a fan of Maynard’s work, you will love this. It has some other little oddities in it – a British folks singer and a pop vocal group, some Indian-influenced stuff (which Maynard was into at the time, only recently having returned from India), two tunes with guest vocalist Jon Hendricks (including a vocal rendition of Slide Hampton’s “Got The Spirit”), and even some music by classical guitarist John Williams – the other John Williams. Only 1500 copies were made, so get yours now!

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