Recent Reviews

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

By Peter Fielding • May 06, 2022 in Literature
This is an excellent collection of over 300 orchestral excerpts spanning 100 compositions, including some hard-to-obtain non-public domain repertoire.

Sonata for Bass Trombone and Piano by Timothy Bowers: A Review

By Tom Lukowicz • May 05, 2022 in Literature
Timothy Bower's Sonata for Bass Trombone and Piano brings a new flavor into the bass trombone repertoire. Each movement contains unique ensemble challenges that, when executed correctly, can make the piece come to life and provide the listeners with an intriguing fifteen-minute performance.

Freedom Variations for Brass Quintet: A Review

By Ben Bruflat • April 11, 2022 in Literature
For a strong ensemble that is up to the challenge and seeking new repertoire to add to their library, Alyssa Reit's brass quintet is a worthy addition and one that will hopefully excite future audiences the way it has excited this reviewer

Trombone Unlimited: A Review

By Mike Lomas • February 26, 2022 in Literature
This is a significant achievement. Indeed, Megumi Kanda has produced a major addition to our repertoire, and I would recommend it to any serious teacher or player of our instrument.

Reconnected: A Review

By Peter Tijerina • February 01, 2022 in Recordings
Getting in touch with one's heritage is a key component to fully understanding oneself and trombonist and euphoniumist Altin Sencalar has done just that with his latest jazz album, Reconnected.

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.

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