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Joy, Tears & Luck and An Bord!: A Review

By Bjorn Swanson • January 10, 2022 in Literature
Finding chamber music suitable for developing trombonists can pose a difficult challenge. Fortunately, two recent publications from Musikverlag Uetz Music, a quartet by Ernst-Thilo Kalke and a trio arranged by Eric Kania, have made this search a little easier.


Art of Fugue: A Review

By Ben Bruflat • December 28, 2021 in Recordings
Mike Hall brings trombone repertoire back into the 18th century, inspiring his audience to join him in this album of old-meets-new. While other artists may be looking forward, Hall proves that there is still much to be learned by looking back.


Give It All You Got: A Review

By Peter Tijerina • December 15, 2021 in Recordings
This album is for the listener who wants to experience a series of accessible and full-hearted jazz music, jam-packed with modern bebop, blues, and gospel playing from top-tier musicians.


Ancient Memory for Solo Bass Trombone: A Review

By Peter Fielding • December 05, 2021 in Literature
Ying-Chen Kao's Ancient Memory is an unaccompanied trombone solo incorporating Northeast Asian vocal and instrumental folk influences to expand contemporary trombone soundscape and techniques.


Classical FlexQuartets for Bass Clef Instruments: A Review

By Tom Lukowicz • October 19, 2021 in Literature
These arrangements would be great for a younger chamber ensemble concert or sight-reading during a high school trombone quartet rehearsal.


Study Materials for the Alto Trombone (Études pour le Trombone Alto): A Review

By Peter Fielding • October 12, 2021 in Literature
Benny Sluchin's Alto Trombone Tutor is an impressively curated collection of etudes, duets, and solo materials that will serve both developing and seasoned alto trombonists and tenor trombonists alike.


Music for Trombone and Loop Pedal by John Sipher: A Review

By Ben Bruflat • October 01, 2021 in Literature
In a world of excess, it is difficult to stand out in the crowd, but John Sipher manages to do so with this collection of solos for trombone and loop pedal.


Cereal Bars for Solo Bass Trombone: A Review and Analytic Sampling

By Peter Fielding • September 24, 2021 in Literature
Dan Jenkins' Cereal Bars is an appealing unaccompanied bass trombone solo employing serial compositional technique with a contemporary flair.


Complete Vocalises for Trombone: A Review

By Michael Dease • September 23, 2021 in Literature
It is worth the price of the book to read Mulcahy's persuasive insights to evergreen performance topics such as legato playing, interpretation, and ornamentation.


What Have I Done? A Review

By Craig Brenan • September 15, 2021 in Recordings
Neumeister is a solely unique trombonist. His solos are filled with his own 'language;' expressive, fun, playful, even perhaps a bit dangerous. The trombone in Neumeister's hands is a vehicle to make his intentions heard. Neumeister is a risk-taker, he is a seemingly fearless individual.


The One Hundred: Essential Works for the Symphonic Bass Trombonist: A Review

By Donn Schaefer • September 06, 2021 in Literature
"Why another orchestral excerpt book?" The answer is that Douglas Yeo has provided an outstanding resource for the trombone community. Serious students and teachers will enjoy using this book as they "leave no stone unturned in their preparation."


50 Etudes for Bass Trombone & Tenor Trombone with F Attachment: A Review

By Peter Fielding • August 20, 2021 in Literature
This is an excellent edition, demonstrating a labor of dedication, sharing both Randall Hawes' professional orchestral and teaching career while expanding access to Boris Grigoriev's etudes for a broader range of bass and tenor trombonists alike.


Musikverlag Bruno Uetz Music for Brass: A Review

By Ben Bruflat • August 11, 2021 in Literature
Finding a variety of chamber ensemble repertoire can be difficult for brass players who aren't in a quintet. Thanks to Musikverlag Uetz Music, there are now several new options available depending on your group's makeup and ability


Sapphire: A Review

By Mike Lomas • August 07, 2021 in Recordings
I recommend this extraordinary performance to all trombonists as well as to anyone who loves music. Steiner and Hochwartner are an outstanding duo. We hope to be hearing a great deal more from them in the future.


Emergency Vehicle Blues by The Big Bad Bones: A Review

By Ben Bruflat • July 12, 2021 in Recordings
If you're a trombone player, a jazz musician, or just somebody looking for a good time, track down this product by the The Big Bad Bones as soon as possible. You won't be disappointed!


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