Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau - These Cats Can Swing (Music CD)
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Ferguson's band, Big Bop Nouveau, is a scaled-down (10-piece) big band, and they perform seven taut tracks here, including the bluesy, hard-bop standard "Sugar" and the classic montuno "Caravan". Most other selections on THESE CATS CAN SWING! are either written or co-written by Ferguson himself. "He Can't Swing" is a light number that features a rare vocal performance by Ferguson. A comical song about musicians who are more about style than substance, this tune pokes fun at various personality types. Unlike the song's title, the band swings hard on this cut, and Ferguson himself plays a blistering trumpet solo. The last track, "It's the Gospel Truth", goes through many transformations, spotlighting a number of these soloists, especially trombonist Tom Garling. This composition eventually morphs into a raucous cut-time gospel groove, which leads to the album's climactic end.
3. I Don't Wanna Be A Hoochie Coochie Man No Mo'
4. Sweet Bab Suite (Bai Rav)
5. I'll Be Around
6. He Can't Swing
7. It's The Gospel Truth