Rich Wetzel Announces His New CD
"The Mayn Thing" / A Tribute to Maynard Ferguson and more
With endorsements from Ed Sargent, Maynard's long time road manager, trumpet greats Arturo Sandoval and Bobby Shew, for this hot new CD, Rich Wetzel is lighting things up with this latest release, "The Mayn Thing, A Tribute to Maynard Ferguson and more.
His solid trumpet playing can be heard all over the CD, on exciting cuts like Break The Ice, Coconut Champagne, Chameleon, Groove Blues, Rocky, and one of the most amazing treatments of Tenderly since Maynard originally did it. The CD captures that sound and style and sounds very contemporary. This is Wetzel's third CD, the first two were live projects, this one was his chance to also cut his production teeth and boy did he. The CD turned out absolutely incredible, and includes other great instrumental tunes like Superbone Meets The Badman, great vocals on My Romance, Georgia, How Sweet It Is, and What Kind of Fool Am I.
Wetzel grew up in Garden Grove, CA, near Anaheim and Los Angeles, where on more occasions than you could count, you could go see the great jazz orchestras of people like Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Stan Kenton, and more.
He has played trumpet for and personally put together horn sections for groups such as The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Spinners, The Platters, The Ojays, Al Martino, Wayne Newton, and many more.Wetzel has that Ferguson stratospheric sound, and leads this amazing group from Tacoma WA on a stellar rendition of all these tunes.
He is an amazing trumpet player who is rapidly becoming a star in the jazz world, along with one of the most exciting bands anywhere, Rich Wetzel and his Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra.
I would recommend this CD to anyone, truly a fantastic project, great flow of tune to tune, a wonderful collection. You can find more information about Wetzel and his band at www.groovinhigher.com
"The great Maynard Ferguson spent a lifetime not just playing the trumpet but developing 'the sound' that is recognized and emulated today by many. Congratulations to an exciting trumpet player in his own right, Rich Wetzel, and his Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra, for their fine contribution of this collection of classic tunes in tribute to the one and only Maynard Ferguson."
Ed Sargent - Maynard Ferguson's Road Manager
"I just heard your new CD. I like it very much. I know that making a tribute to Maynard is a mission, you did a fantastic job. You and the band wail on this CD, congratulations. I wish you good luck with this project."
Arturo Sandoval - International Trumpet Artist
"The 2006 passing of Maynard Ferguson was a shock to the trumpet world, all across the planet. There have understandably been several tributes to Maynard done in various cities world wide, but to my knowledge, this is the first CD tribute done by Rich Wetzel and his Tacoma based big band. Having known Rich for several years, I know how much Maynard and his upper-register playing meant as an inspiration to him. He and his fellow band members have done a wonderful, heartfelt thing in putting together this project. I think it will be highly appreciated by the trumpet community."
Bobby Shew - International Trumpet Artist
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