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Four Baßposaune Concertos from the Early Romantic Era 1820-1830: A Review

By Chris Waage • March 01, 2021 in Recordings
The recording reviewed is of four early Romantic concertos for bass trombone performed on period-correct instruments by Aldo Caterina, bass trombone, and Giovanni Sabella, piano.


Eternal Gratitude: A Review

By Douglas Mark • February 24, 2021 in Recordings
Domingo Pagliuca's 2019 debut solo album, Eternal Gratitude, was first conceived as a musical business card, but resulted in a GRAMMY award winning album and a tribute to a deep personal friendship.


Georg Kopprasch 45 Selected Studies for Alto Trombone: A Review

By Peter Fielding • February 20, 2021 in Literature
Crees and Rae have crafted a fine edition for the alto trombonist. Published by Brass Wind Publications, this carefully curated collection of 45 etudes embody its core pedagogical values. Far from a simple reengraving into alto clef, some etudes have been transposed and fit quite comfortably on the alto trombone.


Nebulebula: A Review

By Craig Brenan • January 11, 2021 in Recordings
This two-disc collection of music covers the gamut from intense driving modern jazz, free form improvisation, gospel choir(, moody, introspective, almost jam band-esque, to music that reveals hidden treasures as the music progresses.


The Act of Vanishing: A Review

By Michael P. Atkinson • December 31, 2020 in Recordings
This is a sonically beautiful album, full of polished performances, each painted in unique instrumental colors which are radiant, perfectly balanced, and always well-situated in the stereo image, thanks to Nelson's sensitive engineering


Concerto for Trombone by James A. Beckel Jr.: A Review

By Peter Fielding • December 14, 2020 in Literature
This work is an appealing and welcome addition to the solo trombone literature, appropriate for recital and featured solo with large ensemble alike.


A Field of Scarecrows: A Review

By Mark Rabideau • July 06, 2020 in Recordings
A Field of Scarecrows establishes John Kenny as something more than an artist-to-a-panel of his peers, but an artist to the world.


Bonegasm: A Review

By Donn Schaefer • June 01, 2020 in Recordings
Released in 2019, this recording has garnered positive reviews and accolades including a #18 spot on the Billboard Jazz Chart. Bonegasm sets the stage for more recordings and performances from this outstanding ensemble!


Benedetto Marcello and Johann Ernst Galliard Sonatas: A Review

By Mike Lomas • May 26, 2020 in Recordings
One could say that Mike Hall's editing causes the pieces to come surging back to life, but on these discs, this is also aided by his impressive solo playing.


Half Man, Half Machine: A Review

By Jonathan Houghtling • May 18, 2020 in Recordings
The fact that Christopher is able to perform on trombone and voice at such an incredibly high level, in addition to seamlessly combining all of the technological elements, makes him the epitome of the consummate musician.


Preludes, Rags and Cakewalks: A Review

By James William Sobaskie • May 11, 2020 in Recordings
At first blush, the recent release of Preludes, Rags and Cakewalks, conducted by Eric Crees, might seem like an album of encores, or a collection meant for light listening. But this compact disc is much more.


First Impressions: A Review

By Ben Bruflat • May 04, 2020 in Recordings
If brass quintet music is something you seek out, especially new brass quintet music, Axiom Brass' new release is a must-have.


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