[JPL] Uptown records
jwilke123 at comcast.net
Sat Feb 2 13:30:23 EST 2008
On Saturday, February 2, 2008, at 08:39 AM, Jazz Promo Services wrote:
> But it is not a re-issue: Trombone Heaven is a previoulsy unreleased
> performance made in Canada in the 1970's with the "local" rhythm
> You are correct Lazaro...
> This recording is a genuine rarity. Recorded August 12, 1978 at the
> Room of the Bayshore Inn, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Trombone
> Heaven features two trombone masters, Frank Rosolino and Carl Fontana,
> the top of their game in a never-before-released live recording.
> Frank Rosolino, was born in Detroit and comes from a musical family. He
> spent the better part of his musical career on the West Coast where he
> established himself in the bands of Stan Kenton, Howard Rumsey’s All
> and Supersax as well as much film and television studio work. Highly
> regarded by his musical peers Rosolino was known as much for his
> humor and pranks as for his swinging trombone playing. Rosolino had a
> personal way of articulating notes early on. “Frank tongued every
> reveals trombonist Gil Falco. “It’s repetitive tonguing instead of
> or using the natural breaks on the horn. That’s very hard to do and I
> think anyone ever did it like he could. On up-tempo things,
> especially, you
> just couldn’t match him. I don’t know how he came up with that. He
> developed it in Detroit because nobody else did it.” Trombonist Bill
> Watrous elaborates: “It’s real hard to do but if you can master it, it
> almost makes the rest easy in comparison.”
> Carl Fontana is from the small, northeast Louisiana town of Monroe.
> receiving his graduate degree in music he played in Big Bands most
> with Woody Herman, Lionel Herman and Stan Kenton. Later he made his
> in Las Vegas show bands playing and recording jazz when he could. Tenor
> saxophonist Bill Trujillo was on the Herman band and he remembers
> impact: “Urbie Green played lead trombone. He’d done a lot of touring
> really paid his dues so Woody gave him most of the solos. Here comes
> kid out of Louisiana, right out of college, and he’s unbelievable! So
> let Carl take a lot of solos and I think Urbie was pissed about that.
> still played ballads and things like “Bijou,” but Carl got the real
> stuff like “Apple Honey.” Carl was magnificent on those things.
> could play fast tempos like him.” Fontana devised a way of achieving
> that has come to be called ‘doodle-tongue.’ (Make the sound
> “doodle-doodle-doodle” and see how the back of your tongue undulates.
> Trombone master Bill Watrous had this to say about Frank Rosolino and
> Fontana. “They were both at the absolute top of their instrument.
> They are
> the High Priests of jazz trombone…and there’s no one around today
> who’s even
> remotely on their level.”
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