Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Hot off the heels of Body & Soul, his self-proclaimed "best album in years," Maynard Ferguson took a severe left turn and reinvented himself in 1987 with High Voltage. By greatly reducing the members of his musical ensemble and creating work within the small-group context, Ferguson once again pushed the boundaries of his genre. Maynard, never one to rest on his laurels, was always experimenting and in the same quality that took Miles Davis from Bebop to Bitches Brew, or Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter's decision to create Weather Report, Ferguson was playing outside the box.
Omnivore Recordings, in conjunction with the Maynard Ferguson trust, is once again happy to delve deep into the catalog of this truly legendary jazz great. For the first time in nearly thirty years, all of the recordings that made up High Voltage and High Voltage 2 are compiled together with two previously unissued bonus tracks. With liner notes by Ferguson's co-producer Jim Exon, Complete High Voltage is now a fully realized collection . . . a complete document of the small-group sound that Ferguson created during this time. Of course, the smaller the band, the bigger the sound and this 2-CD set delivers. Plug in, turn up and enjoy a different Maynard Ferguson experience!
Liner Note Author: Jim Exon.
Photographers: John Scarpati; Robyn Wishma.