Here's a couple of tunes from some of the "Note's" recent
tour performances/recordings that I attempt to solo on:
1. The Airmen of Note's new CD "Airmen of Note
Live!" is out and my consolation feature from "Out in
Front" is on it. One of my favorite tunes, a McCoy tune
called "Search for Peace."
(192 KBs MP3, 11.6 MB)
The Things You Are," (256 KBs MP3, 8.05MB) recorded on Alan
Baylock Jazz Orchestra's 2008 release, Eastern Standard Time.
More 'lino quotes at 1:55 and 2:30. I mean, there's really no way
a trombonist can play ATTYA and not quote Frank right? All the
same, at this rate his estate's probably going to start charging me for
royalties if I don't chill on the Rosolino man love.
Now playing my trusty King 3B SilverSonic (still with the Marc 1.7ET
Jiggs m'piece). Gets more punch when I lean on it whilst playing
3. Also from Alan's CD, "On
Green Dolphin Street," (256 KBs MP3, 2.54MB).
4. Here's a recording of "Winter
Wonderland" (160 KBs MP3, 7.32MB) taken from the "2004
Holiday Card To the Troops", recorded live for broadcast in early
December 2004 at the city of Montgomery, Alabama's annual Glenn
5. The Note released "íTiempo Latino!"
in November 2004 - here is my arrangement of Corcovado
I did for the CD. I'm not particularly happy with the solo, but oh
Dig the Rosolino quote at 4:36. Heh.
6. Here's a couple of choruses of Black
Nile from the 2004 Spring Tour. Still on the King 2B Jiggs,
however with a Marcinkiewicz 1.7ET Jiggs Whigham mouthpiece (yes, I am
now playing all Jiggs Whigham-endorsed equipment. Now if I
could only PLAY like Jiggs...).
I think this setup sounds a little brighter than any of my past
7. On our April 2003 Spring Tour, we stuck a
couple of trombone choruses in Neal Hefti's
"Cute" - I thought the cup mute had a nice effect on this one, even
though I got a little "notey". (I'm still learning to resist
overplaying on up-tempo stuff - it's a work in progress here, folks)
(By the way, for those of you who are keeping up with my latest
equipment change, I switched to a new King 2B Jiggs Whigham model with
an Elliott ST99C m'piece about a month before the tour. While I'm
still getting used to it, it seems to be the best compromise for me, so
far -- stay tuned for future equipment-geek rants.)
For Sure from the Airmen of Note 2002 Spring Tour.
Some deceptively awkward changes here.
9. The Basie version of Ellington's In
A Mellow Tone. This is me, clumsily paying homage to my idol,
the great Lawrence Brown.
After my initial statement and the brass interlude, try picturing a
really big friendly guy tromping through a room and inadvertently
bumping into stuff and knocking it over, causing damage to people,
furniture, small animals, whatever. This is what I think of when I
hear me play this solo.
Again, a work in progress...
From Heaven. This is the Kenton chart, recorded on the 2000
Airmen of Note CD, "Let's Dance". To my knowledge, this
is the only Kenton chart the Note has ever recorded. We had to add
extra trombones and trumpets to do the tune, as we only have 4/4.
Sunflower from the 1999 Airmen of Note recording
"Invitation". This was recorded when I was still playing
my Bach 36, about a year before I went back to my .508 bore Williams
I included the whole first half of this tune just because I think
it's a really cool Mike Tomaro arrangement and I like it.
(These cuts are MP3's which can be
played with any media recorder, one of which being MusicMatch
I ran into my roommate on the road with MF at IAJE recently, the
great pianist Christian
Jacob. X is currently working as Tierney Sutton's pianist
and music director - the Airmen of Note are hosting Tierney in the 2005
Jazz Heritage Series this fall, so it will be great to see Christian