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Featured Artist: Diane Schuur & Maynard Ferguson
December 11th, 2001 00:00
CD Title: Swingin' For Schuur
Year: 2001
Record Label: (Concord Records) Concord Music Groups
Style: Jazz Vocals

Musicians: Diane Schuur, vocals. Maynard Ferguson, trumpet and flugelhorn. Various guest artists. Review: Congratulations to Concord Records for bringing together two giants of contemporary jazz, Diane Schuur and Maynard Ferguson, in the wonderfully eclectic big band sound of SWINGIN' FOR SCHUUR. This CD collection of 12 songs is a surefire hit, one that will attract many, many jazz listeners.

Selections include "Just One Of Those Things," "Besame Mucho," "Deep Purple," "Autumn Leaves," "My Romance," "Love Letters," "East Of The Sun and West Of The Moon," "Midnight Sun," "I Fall In Love Too Easily," "Lush Life," "Just Friends," and "Let's Fall In Love." Each song is filled with brilliant solo work from all performers. Schuur and Ferguson are a perfect jazz match!

Accompanying Schuur and Ferguson are the following fine musicians: Patrick Hession, lead trumpet; Paul Armstrong, trumpet; Peter Ferguson, trumpet & tour manager; Reggie Watkins, trombone; Mike Dubaniewicz, alto saxophone; Jeff Rupert, tenor saxophone; Denis DiBlasio, baritone saxophone; the stylish piano work of Jeff Lashway; Brian Stahurski, bass; and Brian Wolfe, drums.

This collection has so many memorble performances it is difficult to select personal favorites, but definitely these..."Deep Purple," "Autumn Leaves," "Midnight Sun," "Lush Life," "Let's Fall In Love," among others. This is a great listening experience.

SWINGIN' FOR SCHUUR is a winner, a perfect pairing of jazz greats Diane Schuur and Maynard Ferguson. A flawless recording, perfectly perfect jazz at its finest. If you like contemporary jazz in the big band vocal mode, this is a great CD collection to have in your personal CD library, or as a gift for a friend.

Tracks: "Just One Of Those Things," "Besame Mucho," "Deep Purple," "Autumn Leaves," "My Romance," "Love Letters," "East Of The Sun and West Of The Moon," "Midnight Sun," "I Fall In Love Too Easily," "Lush Life," "Just Friends," and "Let's Fall In Love"

Record Label Website: (www.concordrecords.com) www.concordmusicgroup.com

Reviewed by: Lee Prosser
SWINGIN' FOR SCHUUR


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