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The London Trombone Sound

The London Trombone Sound & Geoffrey Simon

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Album Review

On paper, 27 top trumpet players in an ensemble sounds pretty impressive, but this group actually delivers the goods in both the pop and classical fields on this obvious crossover effort. Opening with "Sing, Sing, Sing," done in the manner of Benny Goodman (only with more horns) and complete with a percussion section doing its damnedest to stay in hailing distance of Gene Krupa, they work their way through an inventive version of "Misty" and then tackle the Beatles on "Penny Lane," the latter (big surprise) giving full play to its piccolo trumpet part. The more traditional longhair music that follows, by Rossini, Rodrigo, and Sousa, is also in the category of crowd-pleasing material, and the result is one of the more delightful orchestral pop albums of recent years.

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Arguably BY trombonists FOR trombonists...

...yet the album is easily accessible to most anyone. While most trombonists will have purchased this album at some point, if only for the rather amazing medley of trombone repertoire that is 76 Trombones (with 76 trombonists, no less), fans of the Barber Adagio for Strings (Op 11) should consider track 8 a must-hear. The trombones possess a sonority and dynamic range only rivaled by choral recordings of this piece. Track 9 is an homage to Cream, with Layla possessing a driving, metallic edge that is well-worth cranking up the volume for. These are the big surprises here, and each is treated with musicality and conviction.

Overall, the power AND subtlety of the trombone is evident throughout. Long-languishing as the back-row support for the symphony, the trombone is highlighted in all its forms--so many unfamiliar and surprising to the layman.

An excellent recording for any lover of music.

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