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Great Performances - McChesney Trombone Quartet

Back in high school, during my formative exposure to jazz music via my two best friends from concert band (both saxophonists), I was introduced to two amazing artistic talents: Charlie Parker, and the Parker tribute band known as Supersax. Parker, one of the innovators that ushered in the be bop era of jazz music, was known for his technical pyrotechnics on the alto saxophone. Supersax took Parker's transcribed solos and arranged them for the sax section of a big band (two altos, two tenors, and a bari), turning Parker's genius into a stereophonic voice with 5-part harmony at 200+ beats per minute. This Great Performance reminds me a lot of those early days of my jazz exposure. Vituoso jazz trombonist Bob McChesney arranged the Cole Porter tune "I Love You" for four trombones and then recorded his performance of all four parts. The accuracy and virtuosity of this recording is astounding, and following McChesney's score on the screen as he plays is equally as impressive as listening to old recordings of Bird and following along in the Omnibook.

Posted by ★ Owner on October 27, 2010 at 8:48 PM 2122 Views

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