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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Something for Thursday

I've never been the biggest fan of Wynton Marsalis, but my favorite album of his is definitely the recording he did with the Eastman Wind Ensemble of solo pieces for cornet, light virtuoso pieces which date back to the era of concert bands touring from town to town, playing concerts in the gazebo in the park. This is the type of music the River City Boy's Band would have played, had Professor Harold Hill actually been a music teacher instead of a swindler.

Anyway, here's Wynton Marsalis playing a set of variations on Carnival of Venice.

1 comment:

redsneakz said...

This album, even more than his first classical album (with the Haydn/Hummel/Mozart concerti) showed his ab-so-lute mastery of the horn. Doc Severinsen and Stephen Burns and Maurice Andre are probably his technical peers, but I never liked Andre's tone and think that Doc is too much of a showman. As a trumpeter, this is JUST what I would have wanted to sound like, had I been able to play Carnival.