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New Vintage (Maynard Ferguson album)

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New Vintage
MF NewVintage.jpg
Studio album by
GenreJazz, jazz fusion, disco, funk, bop
ProducerJay Chattaway
Maynard Ferguson assoc. prod.
Maynard Ferguson chronology
New Vintage
Back Cover
Both covers from Wounded Bird reissue
Both covers from Wounded Bird reissue
Singles from New Vintage
  1. "Main Title (From the 20th Century-Fox Film "Star Wars")"
    Released: August 1977

New Vintage is the tenth studio album by Canadian jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson released in 1977 on Columbia Records.[1] The title is likely an allusion to new recordings of two 'vintage' titles included in the track list. "Maria" was first recorded on Maynard '62 (it is presented here in a new arrangement), and "Airegin" was first recorded in 1964 for the album Color Him Wild (this new recording features the original Mike Abene arrangement). The front cover plays on this theme, presenting a trumpet in an ice bucket in place of a bottle of champagne, while on the back cover, the cork is seen popping out of the trumpet's bell.

Background and production

After unexpectedly "catching lightning in a bottle" with Conquistador, Columbia and Ferguson were eager to repeat the success. Taking the same basic ingredients of a big theme song ("Star Wars"), a couple of originals, some guest guitar work (this time provided by Steve Khan), a reworking of a classical theme (in the same vein as Primal Scream's "Pagliacci"), a couple of Bobby Militello flute solos, and looking deep into Maynard's book to revive "Airegin", for a high-energy finale, they hoped to re-create that same magic while Conquistador was still on the charts. This was also a return to using the touring band as the core of the album's sound, with only a slightly augmented brass section. The strings and background vocalists were still used to maintain the level of production and polish from the previous 2 albums.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars [2]

Following the same strategy as the previous album, the album's opening track ("Main Title (From the 20th Century-Fox Film Star Wars)") was released as a single, but didn't have nearly the success as Conquistador's "Gonna Fly Now". As with other albums of this period, reviewers were not kind regarding this release, and didn't hesitate to make their contempt known. AllMusic's Matt Collar summed up how many reviewers felt, calling it "Utterly gimmicky and bereft of any actual jazz..."


In 2004, New Vintage was reissued by Wounded Bird Records.[3]

Track listing

All compositions arranged and conducted by Jay Chattaway except "Airegin" arranged by Mike Abene.

Side one
1."Main Title (From the 20th Century-Fox Film Star Wars)"John Williams4:10
2."Oasis"Jay Chattaway, Maynard Ferguson6:27
3."Maria (From West Side Story)"Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim6:25
Total length:17:02
Side two
1."El Vuelo (The Flight)"Chattaway7:14
2."Scheherazade"Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (adapted by Chattaway)7:00
3."Airegin"Sonny Rollins3:58
Total length:18:12


Credits adapted from the album cover.[1]

The M.F. Band

Additional musicians


  • Gloria Agostini (Harp)
  • Jonathan Aloramowitz
  • Lamar Alsop
  • Seymour Barab
  • Arnold Black
  • Alfred Brown
  • Frederick Buldrini
  • Harold Coletta
  • Harry Cykman
  • Richard Davis
  • Max Ellen
  • Lewis Ely
  • Barry Finclair
  • Louis Gabowitz
  • Harry Glickman
  • Theodore Israel
  • Harold Kohon
  • Charles Libove
  • Charles McCracken
  • Marvin Morgenstern
  • David Nadien
  • Tony Posk
  • Matthew Raimondi
  • Alan Shulman
  • Herbert Sorkin
  • Richard Sortomme
  • Emanuel Vardi


  • Richard Berg
  • Ellen Benfield
  • Katie Irving
  • Tina Kaplan
  • Tony Wells



  1. ^ Erskine's name is misspelled "Urskine" on the album cover for this solo.
  2. ^ Puluse is misspelled "Paluse" on the album cover.


  1. ^ a b c d Ferguson, Maynard (1977). New Vintage (album). Columbia. JC 34971.
  2. ^ Collar, Matt. New Vintage at AllMusic. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  3. ^ New Vintage (Media notes). Wounded Bird. July 6, 2004. WOU 4971.

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