Album Review - One More Trip to Birdland
Originally printed in the January, 1997 issue of Down Beat.
By Frank-John Hadley
Rating: 3 Stars
Father Time has yet to frown on trumpet Ferguson, who still launches his Holton MF Horn into distant galaxies with disciplined abandon. He and his little big band of talented collegians, Big Bop Nouveau, entertain here with all the exuberant fun they can work up, racing through new arrangements of "Birdland" and "Manteca" and enlivening two friendly compositions from trombonist/guitarist Tom Garling, "You Got It" and "The Vibe." Sax player Matt Wallace takes an unexpectedly convincing turn as singer on the popular standard "She Was Too Good To Me."