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Suggested Listening

Suggested listening

TONE: The tone that a musician achieves is probably the most elusive and abstract part of playing an instrument, yet it is also one of the most important qualities.

How do we develop a good tone?? Feedback and good examples are of prime importance. One of the best ways to achieve this goal is to work with a private teacher who can play with and for the student. A second way is to listen to lots of performances and recordings.

BAND: Desford Colliery Caterpillar Band, features solos on baritone, tuba, flugelhorn, cornet and percussion; The Eastman Wind Ensemble has many fine recordings, and I highly recommend the military bands.

FLUTE: Performers to look for: Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway (many styles -classical, pop, jazz), Paula Robeson (now living in Boston area!), Laurel Zucker, and Carol Wincenc. Composers and standard repertoire: Handel, Bach, Mozart. Specific recordings of interest: Claude Bollings - Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano (Rampal and Bollings performing); any Galway or Rampal. Jazz performers: Bud Shank, Hubert Laws, Frank Wess (with Count Basie). In more of a pop style, Robert Dick and Jethro Tull.

CLARINET: Performers to look for: Robert Marcellus, Harold Wright, David Schifrin, Richard Stoltzman. Composers and standard repertoire: Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Brahms Trio (clarinet, violin, piano). Specific recordings of interest: Great Performances Mozart Clarinet Concerto (R. Marcellus ); Brahms Trio (Harold Wright); Musica Viva - Clarinet and Piano (Joaquim Valdepemas); Mozart Bassoon Concerto

(Sherman Walt) and Mozart Clarinet Concerto (Harold Wright). Larry Combs has recordings out of orchestral excerpts for those really studying the clarinet literature. Stoltzman is an interesting performer; some clarinetists do not like his tone; others think it's fine. He crosses the style barriers and plays classical, jazz, new-agey... Jazz Performers: Benny Goodman, Eddie Daniels.

SAXOPHONE: Performers to look for: Marcel Mulé, Vincent Abato, Eugene Rousseau, Eugene Bozza, Laura Hunter, Harvey Pittel, Bradford Marsalis. Composers and standard classical repertoire: Ibert Concertino, Glasunow Concerto, Creation of the World by Milhaud (a work for small orchestra with saxophone). Lots of saxophone quartet works are available - sax quartet most often includes soprano, alto, tenor and bari. Specific recordings of interest: Anything by Marcel Mulé! Saxophone Colors

(Rousseau); Vincent Abato has a recording out of the Ibert Concertino and the Glasunow Concerto.  The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet is a group of four women who play classical and jazz quartets. Jazz performers: Charlie Parker (Live at Massey Hall); Stan Getz (The Dolphin, Anniversary); Sonny Rollins; Phil Woods; Johnny Hodges (with Duke Ellington); Billy Novick (alto and clarinet - local artist most often seen with Guy VanDuser or Black Eagle Jazz Band); Joshua Redmond (quite an inspirational young player).

TRUMPET: Classical performers to look for: Maurice Andre, Armando Ghitalla, Wynton Marsalis (crosses styles and is equally good in classical and jazz), Rolf Smedvig (a Bostonian), Steven Burns, Timofey Dokschitser (Rhapsody, Concert Pieces, Preludes), Rafael Mandez (Rafael Mandez, vol.1 is really awesome!), Edward Tarr, Doc Sevrinson (has some nice classical recordings as well as the jazz.) Composers and Standard Classical Repertoire: Hummel Concerto, Haydn Concerto, Hindemith

Sonata, Telemann, and  Artunian. Specific recordings of interest: All brass quintet recordings are excellent; anything with Ghitalla; Eastman Wind Ensemble - Wynton Marsalis - he plays Aaron Copland's "Quiet City"; A Portrait of Wynton Marsalis- includes Hummel  Concerto and Flight of the Bumblebee; Jazz performers: Arturo Sandoval,  Dizzie Gillespie, Clifford Brown (With Strings), Chuck Mangione, Maynard Ferguson (Chameleon), Miles Davis (Miles Ahead, Birth of the Cool), and of course Louis Armstrong (although he does non-conventional things with his tone!). Also check out some of the newer greats: Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Louise Baranger.

TROMBONE: Classical performers to look for: Christian Lindberg, Ron Barron, John Swallow, Bradnimir Slokar, Doug Yeo. Composers and standard classical repertoire: Hindemith, David, Gilmont, Milhaud, Larson, Mozart. Specific recordings of interest: All brass quintet recordings are excellent; Lindberg is THE name in trombone right now and has many recordings out on the Swedish label "Bis": The Virtuoso Trombone, Stolen Works,  Romantic Trombone Concertos, Winter Trombone; Cousins, with John Barrows on trombone and George Swartz on cornet. Four of a Kind: Music for Four Trombones. Jazz performers: Melba Liston (The first professional woman jazz trombone player & a great arranger!), Hal Crook (with Phil Woods), JJ Johnson (Quintergy), Urbie Green, Frank Rosolino, Bill Watrous.

PERCUSSION: Specific recordings of interest: Bach on Wood and Bach Beat (Brian Slawson) - CBS Records - percussion ensemble arrangements of classic pieces; The All Star Percussion Ensemble (Harold Farberman) - MMG recordings; "Nexus" (percussion ensemble) recordings; John Williams and Friends (two guitars, string bass and marimbas); Arthur Press has an old recording of orchestral excerpts and

how to perform them; recordings by Dave Samuels of "Spiro Gira". Jazz Drumset performers: Max Roach, Buddy Rich, Louie Belson (has a great video out also), Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Mel Lewis (Thad Jones/Mel Sewis Orchestra), Dave Weckle (sp? -with Chick Corea), Peter Erskine, Cindy Blackman (also composer). Vibraphone: Gary Burton & Lionel Hampton. Marimba: Keiko Abe (plays w/3 mallets in each hand!);  Evelyn Glynnie (percussionist who is deaf!)