Sunday, July 10, 2016

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Pulls Together The "High Voltage" Of Maynard Ferguson

Omnivore Recordings continues to roll out these lost gems from jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson. First, back in December they re-issued his albums "Storm" and "Live From San Francisco." They continued this past March with re-issuing his albums "Body & Soul" and "Big Bop Nouveau." Now on July 15th, Omnivore Recordings will be releasing the "Complete High Voltage" sessions in a 2CD set.

After the success of his big band "Body & Soul" album, Maynard Ferguson entered the studio with his small jazz ensemble to create a much different sound than his last effort. Inspired by Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew" and the recordings of Weather Report, Ferguson created the jazz fusion, two volume masterpiece "High Voltage." Now the two separately released albums are brought together in one complete set as the electronics of the eighties played a major role in the recording of this set.  The addition of keyboards and electric guitars allows Ferguson to add his punches of trumpet along a steady rhythm of synthesizers.

The new release is highlighted by the addition of two bonus tracks that were recorded during the sessions for "High Voltage, Vol. 2." The first bonus track "To Say The Least" features the smooth back and forth between Ferguson's trumpet and Billy Hulting's vibes. The second bonus track, "O Sole Mio" is a beautiful eighties-style ballad that centers around Ferguson's talent for portraying emotion through his performance. To find out more about the new "Complete High Voltage" from Maynard Ferguson, please visit

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