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Live at the Top
Live at the Top
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2005


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Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Jazz
Studio: Bci / Eclipse
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 03/29/2005
Release Year: 2005
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Fantastico, superbo, deliciouso
Michael B | 07/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Serve yourself up a dish of Maynard Ferguson at his prime very best at this live performance 'At the Top'.

All of the songs are from his finest moments in his early 70's big band selections. Back in the days when Maynard reached out to a newer younger hip audience on college campuses (as did Buddy Rich), this DVD is a must for those of you who enjoy his music. You won't be dissapointed at all.

For those of you who are just plain old fashionied back in the back of the band bass players, I highly encourage you to purchase this DVD for the incredible, one-of-a-kind bass fiddle solo at the beginning of the song La Fiesta. My fingers hurt from watching this incredible young bass player bang out a fantastic solo that is simply unmatched in anything that I have ever heard out of the bass fiddle. This guy takes center stage, and just owns the audience. Your fingers will ache too after watching this superb performance.

Maynard represents the last of a breed of big band players, and his style was the 'screech' trumpet. Maynard hits all of the high notes and then some.

Trumpet players take heed...........this is the cat who invented this style and made it famous.

Get this one for the record and your enjoyment.

Nothin' but Fun!
JRL | IOWA | 05/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Let's face it, for those of us who played in High School Jazz bands in the early and mid-70's, when we said we like Jazz, we really meant we liked Maynard! There's nothing too sophisticated here, it's the "play as high, loud, and fast as you can" school of Big Bands that we remember (for better or worse!), but man, is it fun! Seeing the band laugh, smile, and just "have fun" brings it all back. My favorite performance on this DVD is Bruce Johnstone's extended intro on "Got the Spirit", reminding me why I loved this player and this band. The sound quality isn't great (I'd mark it 4 1/2 stars for that), but this IS the Maynard you remember!"
Maynard in top form with a great young band!
EDF | Florida | 03/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Wow this is great news!! I too remember seeing this on TV and as a young trumpet player, I was astounded. I have a bootleg DVD of this performance but it is of poor-ish quality. Still, it relives a great concert.

The tracklist should be:
MacArthur Park
La Fiesta
I Can't Get Started
Gospel John
Got The Spirit

Not a bad one in the bunch. Too bad there is no Hey Jude. Maynard fans, start clicking!"
10 Stars For The Music!
Richard | Salem, VA United States | 04/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First, here's the only bad news: the vintage sound recording on this DVD is worth only 2-3 stars, based on what the current-day listener is used to. It sounds sometimes like the portable tape recordings kids used to make at concerts like this. This is not as serious a flaw as it might be on another music DVD, however, first because so little film of Maynard Ferguson in concert is around at all and, most importantly, because the music and live performance itself is worth 10 stars! Those who saw Maynard and his great young musicians in person during the 1970's well remember the excitement they could generate and sustain for as long as they cared to play these amazing arrangements and inspired solos, and that's captured here about as well as it can be on film. Maynard is a great talent and musical original, a tireless supporter of young musicians who has, himself, given countless workshops and high school concerts, and a very nice, down-to-earth, friendly guy in person to fans and audiences. Anyone who has ever enjoyed listening to even one of his recordings should be thrilled by this DVD;I doubt you can sit still through these numbers. In addition, the price makes it one of the bargains of the year! Extras include a musical slide show, audio tracks of a hot concert at Carnegie Hall, and a spoken introduction by a fan who was there the night this show was filmed. Maynard's fans are among the most loyal in the world and the availability of this DVD will have them rejoicing and wanting more!"