- Released: June 21, 2005
- Label: Wounded Bird Records
- 1.Eli's Comin'
- 2.Ballad To Max
- 3.MacArthur Park
- 4.Chala Nata
- 5.If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind
Personnel: Maynard Ferguson (trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, valve trombone); George Kish (guitar); Vemu Mukunda, Vemu Nakunda (veena); Peter King (alto saxophone); Danny Moss, Brian Smith (tenor saxophone); Bobby Watson (baritone saxophone); Alan Downey , John Donnelly, John Huckridge, Martin Drover (trumpet); Billy Graham , Albert Wood, Billy Graham , Chris Pyne (trombone); Pete Jackson (piano); Randy Jones (drums); Frank Ricotti (congas); Mohana Lakhimpathy (tambourine).
Liner Note Author: Gene Lees.
Arrangers: Adrian Drover; Keith Mansfield; Kenny Wheeler.
Trumpeter Maynard Ferguson began his successful "comeback" (after several years of low-profile activity) with this well-received Columbia LP. Featuring his English orchestra (and such soloists as altoist Pete King and Danny Moss on tenor), Ferguson had a minor hit in "MacArthur Park," showcases some Indian musicians on "Chala Nata," and shows throughout that his mind was open toward both newer forms of jazz and pop music. It's an interesting if unessential set. ~ Scott Yanow