Omnivore To Release Maynard Ferguson’s Complete ‘High Voltage’

The Complete High Voltage albums are released on Omnivore on July 15th.

Maynard Ferguson conquered Jazz, television, the Pop charts, and even played the closing ceremonies of the 1976 Olympics. Then, hot off the heels of Body & Soul—his self-proclaimed “best album in years”—he took a creative left turn and re-invented himself in 1987 with High Voltage. By shifting from big band to a small-group context, the trumpeter once again pushed the boundaries of his genre. Never one to rest on his laurels, Ferguson was always experimenting: as with Miles Davis’ journey from bebop to Bitches Brew, or Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter’s decision to create Weather Report, Ferguson was playing outside the box.

Omnivore Recordings, in conjunction with the Maynard Ferguson family, is once again happy to delve deep into the catalog of this truly legendary jazz great. For the first time in nearly thirty years, all of the recordings that made up High Voltage and High Voltage 2 are compiled together with two previously unissued bonus tracks. Street date for the set — available in two-CD set and digital — is July 15, 2016.
With liner notes by Ferguson’s co-producer Jim ExonComplete High Voltage is now a fully realized collection . . . a complete document of the small-group sound that Ferguson created during this time. Of course, the smaller the band, the bigger the sound and this set delivers. Plug in, turn up and enjoy a different Maynard Ferguson experience.
Co-producer Exon wrote in his liner notes: “No one blew over the top of a big band with the power and energy of Maynard Ferguson . . . When I listen now almost 30 years later, it is the playing that stands out. The instrumentation and electronics push the creativity in different directions, but talent is talent. Whether at an acoustic piano or a synthesizer, from first note to last, these guys can play!”
Disc One – High Voltage:
1. Jack Usage
2. Sunday Morning
3. High Voltage
4. Stardust
5. Marketplace
6. Walkin’ on the Pier
7. Snap
8. Shufflemonk
Disc Two – High Voltage 2:
1. Omaha
2. Whatcha Thinkin’
3. Star Eyes
4. Till Then
5. Zihuatanejo
6. Nightgown
7. Get Off the Bus
8. King Kan
Previously Unissued Bonus Tracks:
9. To Say the Least
10. O Sole Mio

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