[JPL] Flugel Quest
jaejazz at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 27 21:32:06 EDT 2007
Giz.....you are the king bee!!! I had no idea Freddie's "Super Blue" was re-issued. Ordered. Thanks for that scoop. I'm curious if it is Columbia the did the re-issuing. I'll find out soon. One of my all time favorite recordings.
Giz Bowe <girard.bowe at verizon.net> wrote:
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At 07:25 PM 6/27/2007, you wrote:
>When I toured with Mangione he and I would talk about the flugel vs
>the trumpet. Outside of the obvious tonal difference....as I
>understand it the flugel is easier to play. I'm not a trumpeter and
>could be wrong but I think the flugel is less physically demanding
>as I've heard from some players. Maybe there is a trumpet player on
>the list that can get into this more. Mike Metheny is another one
>that uses the flugel much. At least he did when I played with him as
>well and Tom Harrell but maybe someone already mentioned him. Check
>out Freddie Hubbard's us of the flugel on "Super Blue." One day
>hopefully someone will re-issue that classic.....one of the all time
>great jazz recordings and certainly one of Freddie's best IMO.
Jae, this is your lucky day:
Yes, the flugel is somewhat easier to play (comparatively speaking -
no brass instrument is easy), but if you use the typically deeper cup
flugel mouthpiece, endurance can be an issue. I practice trumpet (Bb
& C) everyday, but play the flugel only on the job (in addition to
trumpet). If I only practiced flugel, playing trumpet would seem more
difficult, but I don't need to practice flugel. If I didn't have a
day job, I would include flugel in my practicing.
Mike Metheny also has a very nice flugelhorn sound, but after
Freddie, my favorite is Roy - check out "When We Were One" from
Tenors of Our Time.
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