IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS

This is one of my all-time favorite ballads. The classic version of the tune was sung by Frank Sinatra on his album under the same name. With arrangements by Nelson Riddle, it’s a must-hear.

Apparently Sinatra’s album, “In the Wee Small Hours” was considered by many to be the first concept album, meaning all the tunes came together to form a theme. It is speculated that Sinatra’s personal life was in disarray and this album reflected his melancholy mood at the time.

Keith Jarrett performs a beautiful version with his standards trio live at the Blue Note and there’s also a wonderful version on the Chris Botti album, “Slowing Down the World” where it’s sung by Sting.

I really like this interesting and well-disposed book. So many good thoughts, facts and tips on alto trombone. Good guidance for the searching alto souls out there. A must-have for the shelves.

– Håkan Björkman, Principal Trombone at Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

I highly recommend Alto Trombone Savvy for players around the world wanting advice on handling the alto trombone at the highest level. Classical and jazz players both share the same challenges, and it’s great to have this book in either bass or alto clef to help answer some of those challenges.

- Carsten Svanberg, International Trombone Soloist and Professor of Trombone at the University of Music and Arts Graz

For anyone interested in learning to play the alto trombone, whether for classical or jazz, this book is a must. Clearly written, with excellent exercises and links to audio examples, Michael Lake has provided the trombone world with a wonderful new resource.

– Ralph Sauer, Former Principal Trombone, Los Angeles Philharmonic