The Singing Trombone


Released in 2000, The Singing Trombone consists of twenty-one orchestral excerpts, twelve Bordogni vocalises, and three excerpts from the literature of other instruments. The disc is Jay Friedman's answer to the many trombonists who have asked him, "What is it supposed to sound like in my practice room?" Friedman plays without accompaniment so that the every nuance of the trombone can be heard without interference. The liner notes include an extensive discussion of the philosophy behind Friedman's playing and teaching.

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Trombones: Volume 1 and 2


featuring the 1967 section: Jay Friedman, Glenn Dodson, Frank Crisafulli and Edward Kleinhammer

The first thing I remember about this recording project was Jean Martinon, CSO Music Director, learning we had a trio made up of myself, Glenn and Ed. He wanted to hear us play, so we did so after a rehearsal one day. That turned into a chamber music concert where all four trombones played the Schutz motets and the Speer Sonatas, as well as the Stavinsky Octet. In those days, the radio station WFMT liked to record recitals that were happening for the station, especially by CSO members. The recordings were largely done by Norman Pellegrini. I called Norm and asked if would like to record a full recital for the radio station and he agreed. We had two or three sessions in the Bond Chapel on the University of Chicago campus. It was a small chapel and we were seperated by about 20 feet for good stereo seperation - Jay and Glenn on one side, and Chris and Ed on the other. I think the sound of this recording is superior to the sound quality on the 1971 CSO Low Brass Excerpt recording. We never played together as a quartet prior to that or since.

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Concert Works and Orchestral Excerpts


featuring the 1971 section: Jay Friedman, James Gilbertsen, Frank Crisafulli, Edward Kleinhammer and Arnold Jacobs

Rereleased on CD in 2002, this disc is an excellent example of how an orchestral low brass section can sound. The disc contains fifteen orchestral excerpts and four pieces for low brass ensemble, including Tomasi's Etre ou ne pas etre (To Be or not to Be).

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