Thursday, August 31, 2006

Belated Obit: Maynard Ferguson

I got to see Maynard Ferguson live once, (or was it twice) at the old Leisure Lodge, back in the 70s, before it burned down. Man, what a powerhouse he was, and the band. Not necessarily a lot of finesse. When you're playing notes in the stratosphere, always on the verge of bursting a blood vessel in your brain, you can't expect the precision of a Swiss watch. But Ferguson defined screaming trumpet, and set the bar for all who followed. And by doing so, he made big bands popular again (for a while) at a time when everybody was stoned on acid and listening to Hendrix and Deep Purple. (Well...maybe some of you were listening to that ugly stepchild Disco...)

Here's an interesting thing. Really, it was my old man who introduced me to Ferguson. In fact we went together to big band concerts...Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Ferguson, Count in my hippie phase, he in his nostalgia. If nothing else, we always had music appreciation in common. And I returned his favour by introducing him to Chicago. The band. Chicago. Early Chicago. Before they became an insipid hit machine. There's a trombone solo on their first album that my old man just loved.

Anyway, now I'm gonna have to go and listen to my old vinyl Ferguson records, just to remind me of what we lost.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Monday, August 07, 2006

Momentary Update

It's been some time since I posted and will be a bit longer yet while I ride the Dharma wave with Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Stay tuned for stories. Can't do much right now. Too busy. Too frazzled.

Not only that. When it rains it pours. Another of my teachers, Geshe Kalsang, is in Hawgtown for a few days and tomorrow I'm going to visit him too.

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