Anyone Remember “Birdland”? Heck, Anyone Remember “Bird”?

| November 22, 2009 | Reply

Sunday night is a good night for something from one of the greatest trumpet players who ever lived. This is his version of “Birdland”, originally done by Weather Report (written by the incomparable Joe Zawinul). It’s probably my favorite version of the song. The club about which the song was written is still around (though the site has an annoying music player that pops up when the site comes up).

I’ve played saxophone in perhaps a dozen Maynard Ferguson arrangements (he’s very bari sax-friendly). None of them are particularly difficult (unless you’re playing the Maynard scream trumpet part), but they all take a lot of work to do well.

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