Ambrose Akinmusire: “It Is Hard to Dismiss Abstraction”

With his new album, Origami Harvest, Ambrose Akinmusire once again demonstrates the sheer creative freedom that runs through his compositions. We knew that a veritable musical essay like this would lead to a great interview. Here is the Blue Note-signed American trumpeter discussing Origami Harvest in his own words. Source: Ambrose Akinmusire: “It Is Hard … More Ambrose Akinmusire: “It Is Hard to Dismiss Abstraction”

Maurice Brown

Check out Maurice Brown. Have trouble picking out some of Brown’s sound at the top? So did he. At 2:38, Maurice asks for his mic to be hotter in the mix. Find some tips on using a Harmon mute with a mic in Essential Trumpet Lessons, Book 2. Check out the other books to see what … More Maurice Brown

Dizzy & Maurice: Black Orpheus (Manha de Carnival)

It killed me that this first clip of Diz and Maurice Andre playing Manhã de Carnaval from Black Orpheus is cut short, so I searched around for the full tune and was stoked to actually find it! It doesn’t track well, so best to just close your eyes and listen. If you want to see their fingers line … More Dizzy & Maurice: Black Orpheus (Manha de Carnival)

Trumpeter Brian McWhorter: Ligeti’s “Mysteries of the Macabre”

There is so much to love and study about this performance, and not just Brian McWhorter’s superb tone, technique, and intonation. It’s a great reminder how much other “stuff” is behind a good performance, not just the sounds coming out of your horn: stage presence, facial expressions, movement, yadda yadda. The whole is more than the … More Trumpeter Brian McWhorter: Ligeti’s “Mysteries of the Macabre”

Gorgeous Tone and Serious Chops: David Hickman Plays Tamberg Concerto, 1977

Originally written for Russian trumpet legend Timofei Dokshizer, the Tamberg Concerto was also played by Dokshizer’s friend and superb player and teacher David Hickman (long-time professor at ASU). Listen to that tone! And those leaps are not for the faint of heart. Learn about how Hickman came to perform the piece throughout the video. Great stuff. … More Gorgeous Tone and Serious Chops: David Hickman Plays Tamberg Concerto, 1977