Conquistador

By
Jay Chattaway
Arranged
Jock McKenzie
Price
£ 20.00 

The track Conquistador is taken from the ninth album of the same name, by the Canadian jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. The album is notable for its inclusion of the hit single Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky) and was the most successful album of Ferguson's career, earning him his first gold record and a Grammy nomination.

  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 4 Trombones
  • 1 Tuba
  • 1 Drum Kit
  • 2 Percussion
  • Percussion requires Tambourine and Congas

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Jay Chattaway (born July 1946) is an and is mainly known for his work as composer for several Star Trek television series. In 2001, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Music for the final episode of Star Trek: Voyager. Born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania and studied music at West Virginia University. Early in his career he became a regular member of a rhythm and blues band called the Abductors in which he played trumpet, wrote the musical scores and was musical director. He was drafted into the military while working on his degree and joined the Navy Band, serving as the unit's chief arranger and composer. After his discharge from the Navy, Chattaway moved to New York City to write music. He later moved to Los Angeles to compose for film. Chattaway is also well known as an arranger of big band charts for the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra during the 1970s, and also composed and co-wrote some of Ferguson's greatest hits from that period, including Conquistador, Superbone Meets the Bad Man and Primal Scream.

Conquistador is the ninth album by the Canadian jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson on Columbia Records. The album is notable for its inclusion of the hit single Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky) and was the most successful album of Ferguson's career, earning him his first gold record and a Grammy nomination. While Ferguson was known to have an uncanny ability to change with the times, no one suspected that in the Spring of 1977, he would pull off the coup of his life. It had been decades since a big band recording had made the charts, but when he released his recording of Gonna Fly Now, ahead of the soundtrack version, Ferguson scored the biggest hit of his long career, while sparking a revival of interest in big band music. This recording had a 13-week run in the US Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Jay Chattaway produced the album and worked on most the arrangements, before moving on to compose the scores for Star Trek: The Next Generation and its respected spinoffs; Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise.


“This intriguing "water-borne" voyage runs the gamut from more classically-tinged interpretations to straight-ahead and improvised jazz. Along that journey we are treated to a highly inspired and masterfully presented performance.”

Nicholas F. Mondello
Allaboutjazz.com

“The CD is just fabulous. The ensemble playing is fantastic; the tightness of the ensemble is amazing; the balance and dynamics are just brilliant.”

Philip Biggs
The Brass Herald

“Exploding onto the brass music scene with their debut album ‘Under the Spell of Spain’, the depth of versatility and virtuosity within the ranks of Superbrass has firmly secured it's place as one of the greatest large brass ensembles of all time”

Tom Davoren
Brass Band World

“This is a wonderfully charismatic disc with playing of the highest quality. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

David Bremner
The Mouthpiece

"WOW !!!!! all of you should be locked up !!!! What great stuff - the compositions/arrangements, the playing (OUTRAGEOUS !!! ), everything is simply fantastic. (actually - i couldn't have expected anything less ! ) Many, many thanks to you and all for your superb contributions. yet again, you've managed to raise the bar! (an inch or two is ok but a few yards is really unfair !!!!!!!!!! )"

Jiggs Whigham
International Jazz Trombone Soloist, Musical Director, BBC Big Band, President International Trombone Association and Professor Hanns Eisler College of Music, Berlin

“Exploding onto the brass music scene with their debut album ‘Under the Spell of Spain’, the depth of versatility and virtuosity within the ranks of Superbrass has firmly secured it's place as one of the greatest large brass ensembles of all time”

Tom Davoren
Brass Band World

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