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Carnival (Maynard Ferguson album)

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Released  1978
Carnival (1978)  Hot (1979)
Release date  1978
Label  Wounded Bird Records
Length  45:34
Artist  Maynard Ferguson
Producer  Maynard Ferguson
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Genres  Big band, Jazz fusion, Funk
Similar  Maynard Ferguson albums, Jazz fusion albums

Maynard ferguson carnival

Carnival is the 11th album by Canadian jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson on Columbia Records. This is yet another attempt to replicate the success of Conquistador. Another big theme song ("Battlestar Galactica"), a couple of originals, a blast from the past ("Stella by Starlight"), and a cover of "Birdland", which was well received.


Maynard ferguson carnival

Background and production

In preparing for this album, Maynard proved once again just how keenly aware he was of what was going on in the world of music ("Fantasy" and "Baker Street" had become hits mere months before entering the studio, and "Birdland" was still growing in popularity after its debut the year before), but he was having trouble converting these sensibilities into chart success. Having taken over the reigns as producer, he hedged his bets by including a couple of songs from his past, re-recording the Slide Hampton arrangement of "Stella by Starlight" (originally on his 1959 release "A Message from Birdland", which featured Joe Zawinul in one of his earliest US appearances), and a new arrangement of "Over the Rainbow" (the original was recorded for the 1956 release "Dimensions", after recording it as part of Charlie Barnet's band years before).

Critical reception

AllMusic's Scott Yanow wrote "Maynard Ferguson's version of "Birdland" from this LP was a bit of a hit and he fares fairly well on "Stella by Starlight" and "Over the Rainbow," but overall this typically commercial Columbia album is of lesser interest."


In 2003, Carnival was reissued by Wounded Bird Records.

Track listing

  • Maynard Ferguson: Trumpet solos on all tracks except "Baker Street" (Flugelhorn)
  • The MF Band

  • Maynard Ferguson: MF Holton Trumpets, Firebird, Superbone, Flugelhorn
  • Eric Traub: Tenor & Soprano Saxophone
  • Mike Migliore: Alto & Soprano Saxophone, Flute
  • Bob Militello: Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Alto flute, Piccolo
  • Nick Lane: Trombone
  • Phil Gray: Trombone
  • Stan Mark: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Joe "Loon" Mosello: Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Piccolo trumpet, Percussion
  • Dennis Noday: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Dan Welty: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Ron Tooley: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Biff Hannon: Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, Polymoog, Micromoog & Minimoog Synthesizers
  • Gordon Johnson: Electric & Acoustic Bass, Flute
  • John Qdini: Acoustic & Electric guitar
  • Bob Economou: Drums
  • Peter Eskine: Drums
  • Gordon, Peter, Biff, John, Kim, Tony, Joe & Nick: Handclaps
  • Additional musicians

  • Ralph MacDonald: Percussion
  • Rubens Bassini: Percussion
  • String Concertmasters: Aaron Rosan, Paul Winter
  • Production

  • Produced by Maynard Ferguson
  • Associate Producer: Dr. George Butler
  • Engineered by Mike Delugg at Media Sound, NYC
  • Engineered by Stan Tonkel at CBS 30th Street Studio, NYC ("Stella by Starlight")
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk Studios, NYC
  • Cover Illustration: Milton Glaser
  • Design: Paula Scher
  • Management

  • Personal Management: Kim Ferguson
  • Business Management: Ames & Associates
  • Representation: The Willard Alexander Agency
  • Public Relations: Peter Levinson Communications
  • Musical Coordinator: Gene Bianco
  • Songs

    1MF Carnival6:07
    3Theme From 'Battlestar Galactica'5:58


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