Friday, February 22, 2008

Play that horn

This Sunday, we will play a concert of the new music at my church, the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, PA. The musicians will be Jeff Stockham on trumpet and French horn, Al Hamme on sax, Shawn McGloin on bass, and the venerable Ron Vincent on drums. These are serious cats who have played with greats like Thelonious Monk Jr., Gerry Mulligan, Slam Stewart, and Natalie Cole. Each one is also a dear friend who has played my music before.

Once a composer writes down the music on the page (or in my case, the computer), one of the next questions is what instrumentation to use. Melodies sound different on different horns, of course, and it's important to keep things diversified to maintain the listener's interest.

I love the creativity of this particular group of musicians. Jeff has recorded on a couple of my albums, and lifted my "Stand On Your Head" CD to a higher plane. Give a listen to some of the sound clips by clicking here.

After the concert, we'll have a bite to eat and explore the music some more. Perhaps we'll even take a first attempt at recording some of it. One thing is for sure: it will be a hot afternoon on a very cold day!

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