Archive for November 2017

The Fratres CD

Several months in the making, the CD known as Fratres is due to be released within the week. I’ll update the links on the CD page as soon as the disk becomes available. Funded by Kickstarter and recorded in my Arizona studio toward the end of the 2017 summer, this collection of bass trombone-focused music…

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As the robots come for the musicians…

Shortly after releasing this season’s Christmas Carol, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, I got a comment about the great times we now live in. The point was that with a computer and a bit of external hardware, grand music can be created. The writer went on to lament that it’s putting a lot of musicians…

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Improvising more deliberately on your instrument?

I met a bunch of great students today at Glendale Community College. Enthusiastic, hungry to learn, open to new thoughts… Dave Schmidt, The director of the school’s jazz program, invited me to talk to his improvisation class. One hour seems like ten seconds when you are unraveling the mysteries of playing jazz. So naturally I…

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What a dead mouse reminded me about jazz improvisation

I been listening to (obsessing on) an artist I have only recently discovered. He is a genius at rhythms and the deliberate placement of notes. His music also has a sense of humor to which I relate. I can’t think of much other music to which I occasionally laugh out loud as if I was…

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Three keys to playing trombone much better

The final chapter of Trombone Improvisation Savvy was titled The Inner Game. It contained some thoughts that don’t normally appear in jazz instrumental method books but I think playing the trombone well involves more than just getting the horn out and periodically blowing notes through it for a while. Let me share some personal thoughts…

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