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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Phatmon, Nov 28, 2004.
I listen to him and I am blown away yet I hardly ever hear about him. Why is that???
The bussiness is a beast unto itself. It's prolly just the curciut he plays isn't very into a media outlet. It's a closer, personal, memory gig. And yeah, he is a great player. There are many of them out there that not many people know about... arg, but that's a whole gripe session unto itself. Just my two cents. Can I have change? lol.
He's a great player and has one of my favourite sounds on trumpet, resonant and full and musical. I suspect that he's happy with what he does..a bit of solo work, the odd record, clinics where he philosophises about all sorts of things..some of which are trumpet related!!! I also think that he doesn't get the press because he isn't a renowned high note guy..we seem to be attracted to the higher,faster, louder set and his playing just doesn't fit that category. He can play that way (if in doubt listen to the GRP All Stars recording live in Japan where he trades licks with Arturo, Chuck Findley and Randy Brecker on 'Cherokee') but it just doesn't seem to be his trademark.
I know one thing..if somebody said to me put together a section capable of playing anything he'd be first call.
If you hadn't noticed I'm a big fan.
I had the pleasure of meeting him and hearing him up close and personal in 1995-96. He is a wonderful guy and an incredible player. I could not believe how HUGE his sound was and the sizzle! OMG - his sound is the epitomy of SIZZLE.
I am a big fan of his.
He is also playing on the new Broadway cast recording of the 42nd Street soundtrack, I believe. I'm not sure what part he's playing, but it's worth picking up regardless...he sounds great with Jeff Kiviet.
as they say, "he is all that and a bag of chips"
I only have 1 cd of him ( joe henderson big band) but he is a great player and person.
Another guy that I think falls into that category - being pretty danged good but generally not known of - is Jeremy Davenport. I was watching Emeril Lagasse's show one night and instead of his normal house band, he had Jeremy on and I though "Wow! Who is this guy and why have I never heard of him?"
It's the fickleness of the business. Your Britneys and Jessicas are pushed and pushed by their promotors for the sake of making money, not really for keeping the world abreast of the greatest musical talent out there. Then you have guys like Byron Stripling and Jeremy Davenport - fine musicians, but their music isn't something that you can really promote to the masses to make a lot of money - and they simply go unoticed for the most part.
I also had the pleasure of hearing Byron at the Vermont Mozart Festival in 95, and not only did he sound terrific, he sang great, and was a great and inspirational teacher. I even got to drive with him to the gig from where we were staying and get a lot of extra encouragement and trumpet wisdom. He is a really great guy!
He's in Columbus Ohio fronting the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.
I think Jeremt Davenport is great too. I have a couple of his CD's 1996: just entitled "jeremy Davenport" and a 1997 one called "maybe in a dream"
In both he plays trumpet and sings to old standards, and a few of his own compositions, and I think he improvises and sounds great. The recordings are from the Telarc label and are recorded very well if you are interested - I bet he sounded great live.