Chicago's Trpt - Lee Loughnane

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by NJtrpt, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. duanemassey

    duanemassey Piano User

    Jul 14, 2009
    Chicago was/is a band that exemplifies a horn section, rather than horn soloists, and Lee fits that role perfectly. Saw them twice in the early days, once at a club with maybe 40 people in the audience and a little later in a 3,000-seat hall. They were a BAND, not a bunch of individuals. Personally believe Pankow was the most talented horn player in the section, but it was the unified section that mattered. Also, if you didn't see them in their early days you really can't appreciate how tight the rhythm sections was. Cetera was a highly underated bassist (until he became a balladeer), and Kath was always a monster as well.
    Saw them a few years later and was disappointed, as the drugs/alcohol issues were blatant, especially amongst the horn section.
  2. Doc P

    Doc P New Friend

    Jan 23, 2009
    I am with you man! Those bands were the center of my musical life growing up outside of Indy. Lee's (Chicago's) music was more attainable for me since I was not a screamer...but I could always dream...and practice, practice practice!
  3. leftmid7

    leftmid7 Mezzo Piano User

    Sep 21, 2010
    Franklin, TN
    Lee's sound is Chicago. As far as bands not having horns anymore, you guys need to check out Brownout, really enjoying them right now. It's guys from Grupo Fantasma, but as they are more latin grooved, they formed Brownout as a kind of a rock/funk alter ego.

    Also, word on the street is that The SOS Band from the 70's/80's has reformed and will be back at it soon. Trumpet, alto, tenor, trombone in the section.
  4. RustoleusMaximus

    RustoleusMaximus Pianissimo User

    Feb 1, 2008
    Leftmid7 ... keep us all up to date on what is out there ! I miss older Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Cold Blood; Tower of Power and of course CHASE. Would love to see some of these groups that are still performing come up with some new material true to the early 70's style.
  5. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Fortissimo User

    Nov 8, 2006
    Greenfield WI
    Ides of March still puts on a decent show.

    Then they do songs from Jim's OTHER band.

  6. patkins

    patkins Forte User

    Nov 22, 2010
    Tuscaloosa, AL.
    Yes Tim Bales with Ides of March is a great pro. He is easy to talk to as well.
  7. mike ansberry

    mike ansberry Forte User

    Dec 30, 2003
    Clarksville, Tennessee, U
    In my opinion, Lee is a much stronger player now than he was back in the day. I guess all that time studying with CG helped!

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