Recently I've had time on my hands to enjoy reading my latest issue of The Brass Herald and to explore some of the great trumpet / horn section playing around on the net. So here are some of my favourite Youtube clips right now. Starting with Alison Balsom's latest album, 'Sound The Trumpet' which features her playing natural trumpet (with holes) - the quality of her sound is gorgeous and addictive - enjoy:
Next up is a clip from the CD of top studio trumpeter, Dan Fornaro, who is based in LA and has worked with all the big names for decades. The video gives a fascinating insight into some aspects of the recording if his album. For example seeing how Dan and Wayne Bergeron work on stuff together - this is brass playing at a superlative level. I've bought the album and recommend it.
The Royal Academy of Music in London is producing brass players of phenomenal ability across the musical spectrum. Here is a brilliant piece of big band writing from a young musician, Reuben Fowler, who is building on the legacy of Kenny Wheeler's music:
Vigilante Brass, yet again from the Royal Academy of Music, are busy cutting a new groove in exciting brass ensemble playing: