[Dixielandjazz] Trombones - which to choose?
tubaman at tubatoast.com
Wed Oct 26 15:29:22 PDT 2005
that Brad Gowans invention seems a bit like precursor to a trombone
that was produced for a few years in the 1970-1980s - the Holton TR395
Superbone. I have one and use it from time to time in various bands.
Very interesting, very fast in the right hands, but a bit odd ;-)
On Oct 26, 2005, at 2:07 PM, dingle at baldwin-net.com wrote:
> Luís Henriques wrote:
>> Hi trombone players,
>> just a curiosity question:
>> Which trombones are better for OKOM? Trombone in Bb or in C? What
>> about the models? I've been looking at eBay and there are really
>> trombones there! Do you recommend anything in particular (from these
>> inexpensive models)?
>> Thanks a lot.
> The only musician of the trad jazz era that I knew of that used
> anything but a B flat rombone was Brad Gowans, the fine valve
> He had a trombone made for him that was in C rather than B flat. That
> way he could read off the paino parts without need for tranpostion. He
> also had a combinaton slide - just four positions. That way he could
> play glisses, slurs and do some amazing melodic tricks by just
> kicking in a one postion change while still playing the valves as if
> in the original keys. I was lucky enough to meet him and talk to him
> about his horn when he moved to the L.A. area in the post WW II
> period. Tasty player with innovative ideas. He remains one of my
> heroes of that instrument.
> Generally speaking, most trombonists in jazz play B flat trombones.
> There are some made in other skeys, usually used in concert and
> classical music when a composer writes something for it. Like the
> trumpets in E flat, G or other keys often used in Baroque music.
> But B flat is the norm to expect in most jazz band trombones.
> Don Ingle
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