Archive for June 24th, 2019

I Hate Me, part 822,940

I had never paid much attention to Maynard Ferguson, I always thought of his stuff as “Johnny Carson Jazz”, middle aged TV big band, slick but not hip. As I’ve seen a lot of his albums come through the store I’ve noticed the use of his initials MF in the titles and have wondered if they were sly references to “MotherFucker”. As in “Maynard’s a real motherfucker on the trumpet!”

An older guy was looking through the jazz albums, pulled out The Maynard Ferguson Sextet and he started talking out loud to nobody in particular but I figured it was directed at me.

“Back in the day Maynard Ferguson and Stan Getz would drive around on acid playing saxophones…ACID…that’s when acid was legal…and they recorded a version of Summertime…ON THIS RECORD…you can tell…man, you can tell…wild WILD note bending…they were friends with Timothy Leary…and Leary had a house…a big house in California…Ferguson and Getz hung out there and played…and played…now weed was illegal…but acid…ACID…acid was legal then…think of it..now, I don’t know if they were ON acid when they recorded this…and no, I’m not on acid…but uh….uh…I’d buy this record but it’s scratched.”

And then he left, I listened to it and although it was better than I’d thought it would be it wasn’t the acid drenched epiphany I was led to believe.

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