Maynard Ferguson (tp, v-tb, lead), Ed Leddy, Joe Burnett, Tom Slaney (tp), Bob Fizpatrick, Bob Burgess (tb), Herb Geller (as), Richie Kamuca, Nino Tempo (ts), Willie Maiden (bs), Paul Moer (p), Red Kelly (b), Mel Lewis (d)
Reference: FSCD 1016
Ferguson's first significant orchestra was the "Dreamband" he had in 1956. This live set contains originals by Bill Holman, Al Cohn, Marty Paich, Manny Albam, Ernie Wilkins and Johnny Mandel; one would presume that the arrangements are also by the composers. The music generally jumps and is modern for the period. Such soloists as the leader/trumpeter, altoist Herb Geller and tenors Richie Kamuca and Nino Tempo are heard from and the rhythm section is driven by drummer Mel Lewis. Excellent music, it's also well-recorded.
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