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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by rbdeli, May 17, 2009.
Rafael Mendez, "the Flight of the Bumblebee". I was 12 years old. It was 1960.
Gerard Schwarz comes to mind.
Who did it for me it was Clifford Brown. I first heard him after Miles' Kind of Blue inspired me to begin playing. I found that I gradually filtered out Miles' sound concept when I began to improve and listened more to Brown. It was the album 'Pure Genius' cassette. I was scared and awestruck at the same time, first thinking that I chose the wrong instrument. I felt as if the trumpet world was way over the horizon from me when I listened to that album.
Today the rest of the world has gotten closer, but that album set me straight about what I had to do.
When I was very young 12 years old/ that means 1960, I played slide-trombone (started in dixieland, later bigband) and was a Miles Davis fan.
But I also liked Ruby Braff and Don Goldie (technically an amazing trumpetplayer and never mentioned in polls). Later in my life I changed instruments, bassguitar, sologuitar, piano and so on. Two years ago I stumbled by chance on some Bix Beiderbecke-records and there it started.
I could not believe I didn't find him earlier in my life. That uncredible sound and the tragic feeling, all those beautiful notes with so much life and a shadowed sadness in them. I was sold. I bought my first cornet (Olds Ambassador), my second (Conn 36A) and my first trumpet (Yamaha 6345G) within three months. Now the big inspirations are: Miles, Bix, Louis, Lee Morgan, the early Freddie Hubbard, Chris Botti and my last inspiration concerning the flugel is a Dutch player, Ack van Rooijen, he is amazing:
YouTube - Ack van Rooyen "Round Midnight"
First player in any genre, Al Hirt. First classic player, Roger Voisin. First jazz player (I consider Al Hirt a pop player), Lee Morgan, not so much for his playing, which nevertheless was quite good, but for his extraordinary and limitless creativity.
I started lessons in 1953(12 years old) and my older brother got me a Rafael Mendez album-wow. Today I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I was overly impressed by that schmaltzy stuff.
My first inspiring trumpet player was James Morrison, the Australian prodigy. After I got more into classical, I really enjoyed Maurice Andre and Hakan Hardenberger's playing.
It was an entire brass funk/R & B cover band named 'Hey Baby' in the early 90's in Westchester County, NY. These guys played in a local bar called 'Wet Willies' (now closed) and they just knocked my socks off. I was a bass player in a rival band, so doubling on the trumpet wasn't an option at the time.
Since then I always wanted to play trumpet...and began last year!