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Maynard Ferguson : There's the classics like "Birdland", "McArthur Park", "Malaguena" etc. His newer stuff with The Big Bop Nouveau is good shit too. One of the classic 'screamers',has one lung, does fuck all within his band besides play high notes every now and then. Try and find his 11 minute "Hit Medley" it has pretty much has most of the great tunes in there. And an 80's style synthesisor version of "Birdland" to end it. Oh and he's 78 and still tours with his band...that's fucking hardcore. His newer "Big Bop Nouveau" stuff is shit hot. Like Mhisra-Dhenuku (His first 'experimental' track in god knows how long)

TRACKS : Hit Medley, Birdland, McArthur Park, Malaguena, Gospel John, Night In Tunisia, Knee Deep In Rio, Mhisra-Dhenuku (And if you like get more)

Don Ellis : Pretty much the same style as Maynard. But whilst Maynard is 'commercial' Ellis has a lot more fucked up shit out there. He has a record called "Autumn" which has an incredible version of "Indian Lady" with records effects, screaming, fucked up time signatures. It's sick as hell. 15 minutes of greatness. His live records are always the best. I recommend you check out stuff from "Live At The Montreux" which was the last record he was leader for (He died afterwards). It features a string quartet in his band, which is pretty fucked up (Especially for the time...a viola solo kicks arse purely because it's a viola solo)

TRACKS : Indian Lady (Live - "Autumn" version), Hey Jude, Bulgarian Bulge, Pussy Wiggle Stomp, Turkish Bath, New Horizons

There's also some kick ass ska bands out there like Streetlight Manifesto, Catch 22. As well as the obvious of Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish and early Goldfinger.

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