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Blue Highways

JAZZ Jazz News

July - Aug. 1998

Blue Highways

Azica Jazz AJD-72207

RIAS Big Band
Claudio Roditi, flugelhorn

Question No. 1, of course, is, "Who is Paul Ferguson and why is the RIAS Big Band playing his music?" So glad you asked. Composer/ trombonist Ferguson, who lives in Ohio, won the 1995 Gil Evans Fellowship in Jazz Composition from the International Association of Jazz Educators, and shows clearly on Blue Highways that the honor was well-deserved. Simply put, Ferguson is a bright new star among big-band composers, and Blue Highways is an unqualified delight from start to finish. The RIAS band is outstanding, as is its guest soloist, Brazilian trumpet master Claudio Roditi. A clear winner.

 

 

reviewed by Jack Bowers

 


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