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Fanfare & Fiesta

  • 1. Finger Filibuster
    2. Fanfare and Fiesta
    3. Spaceman
    4. Barnyard Scuffel Shuffel
    5. How Strange
    6. Harmonic Architecture
    7. Prayer for Lester Bowie, A
    8. Emergency Exit
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 152

  • Credits
    ProducerHugh Ragin; Jim West
    EngineerIan Terry

    Hugh Ragin Trumpet Ensemble: Hugh Ragin (trumpet); Clark Terry (vocals, flugelhorn); Omar Kabir, Dontae Winslow, James Zollar (trumpet); Craig Taborn (piano); Jaribu Shahid (bass); Bruce Cox (drums).
    Recorded at Sound On Sound, New York, New York on June 18-19, 2000. Includes
    liner notes by Howard Mandel.
    Personnel: Hugh Ragin (trumpet); Clark Terry (vocals, flugelhorn); Donte Winslow, Omar Kabir, James Zollar (trumpet); Craig Taborn (piano); Bruce Cox (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Ian Terry.
    Liner Note Author: Howard Mandel.
    Recording information: Sound on Sound Studios, New York, NY (06/18/2000-06/19/2000).
    Editor: Ian Terry.
    Photographer: Fernando M. Natalici.
    Perhaps one of the more under-recognized jazz trumpeters of the '90s, Hugh Ragin has spent quality time performing with the late trumpeter Lester Bowie, bassist John Lindberg, multi-woodwind specialists Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray, and others of note. With his second release for Canada-based Justin Time records, the leader surges forward with a four-trumpet front line, also featuring the legendary Clark Terry, who lends his estimable wares on two pieces. The band commences with a Count Basie-style swing groove on the opener, "Finger Filibuster," as pianist Craig Taborn seemingly pursues a Kansas City jazz-style intro, while the trumpet section launches a bold, brash, and altogether irresistible arrangement. This jubilant approach continues on "Fanfare & Fiesta," whereas the horn section engages in a Spanish serenade amid the brass section's punctual statements, that are augmented by some rather slick and apparently difficult to perform unison lines. Basically, Ragin and co. interrogate blues-based themes amid emphatic choruses, torrid soloing, slight injections of free jazz, and climactic opuses. Fanfare & Fiesta is an audacious and refreshing exposition, supplemented by memorable compositions and the ensemble's often dazzling interplay. Recommended! ~ Glenn Astarita

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (3/26/01, p.27) - "...A fun, brassy affair....a tasteful mix of melodic lines and improvisational shading..."
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