MF Horn: Maynard
Ferguson's Life in Music - MF's Official Biography
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DiBlasio: Someone wrote a tune and
they wrote in the chords G locrian. Maynard came around and
said, "Uh, what is this locrian thing?" I told him
G locrian is an A flat major scale, start it on G and he said, "Aw,
I don't know, education is ruining jazz, what's this all about?"
So the kid who wrote it said, "Look Maynard, there's a G locrian
over B phyrgian over compressed aeolian" and all this kind of
crap and Maynard is just looking at him. So the guy played the
chord on guitar and Maynard played a beautiful lick over this locrian
thing and the guitar player said, "Oh, what did you use Maynard,
did you use a locrian mode?" Maynard is like "Uh,
whatever, let's eat." Maynard then said to me, "That
locrian, it sounds like some kind of cheese," and I thought that
was great because when I talk about clinics and how important it is
to listen I bring that story up because here's a guy who solos great,
probably couldn't tell you anything about all that theory, but could
play like Bunny Berigan, can imitate Louie, Wynton, Clifford.
It's that old school of learning and playing and listening and playing
and listening and playing as opposed to another approach where it's
so theory-oriented and you really don't say anything. It was
interesting. He wasn't against it, he just didn't let it get
in the way.
From MF Horn: Maynard Ferguson's Life in Music. By Dr.
some day you'll be king." Stan Kenton
"I couldn't believe I was writing notes that high for Maynard." Shorty
"He is one of the heroes of all trumpet players. A lot of people try to
imitate him but nobody can." Arturo Sandoval