On Recording a Brass Trio CD

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Besides the normal things that keep horn professors very busy at the end of a semester I have, with my ASU colleagues Douglas Yeo and Deanna Swoboda, been recording a CD of brass trios.

trio-recording-sessionFor me this is a “comeback” CD of sorts, as my most recent CD came out in 2005, my Canto CD (more here). As I write this we are one session away from finishing up recording, and this view is of us on the first day of recording.

Even before editing I am pretty excited about this project, the group sounds great and we have had a great team in the recording booth. The studio is Tempest Recording, and Clarke Rigsby has our sound dialed in great. Rose French, a freelance hornist in Phoenix (runs a chamber ensemble, serves as horn professor at Grand Canyon University, etc. — an interview may be found here) is producing and keeping us on track; her assistance has been absolutely invaluable as well.

Musically you may be thinking what does a trio of horn, bass trombone, and tuba play? And how does it sound? We are playing a mixture of original works and arrangements, including brand new works by Paul Ferguson, Benjamin McMillan, and Elizabeth Raum. For a bit of the flavor of how we sound check out this earlier article, where a YouTube video of us playing a Reicha Trio arrangement is featured. In short (and I may be biased) the sound of the group is deep and full.

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And speaking of Reicha, if you want to buy our two suites from Reicha for this very brass trio they will be published soon, I will have more news on all of this over the summer.

UDATES–

See this article for more on editing

See this article for more on mastering

UPDATE: The CD is out now, more here.

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