I was asked to perform part of Handel’s “Messiah” for Easter service at a local church, including the very challenging Bass Aria referenced above. Preparing for this performance gave me a chance to reflect on how much the role of the trumpet has changed since Handel composed this work back in 1741. The valved trumpet was still nearly a hundred years away, yet Handel gives the trumpet a very exposed, lyrical role. This Oratorio is a beautiful work, and I encourage you to give the entire composition a listen. There is a fantastic recording by the London Symphony that you can listen to here.
Heard some very interesting and fresh music at the Tea Lounge recently, Michael Webster’s “Leading Lines” ensemble. Take a listen here
The addition of a string section, clarinet, flute, and oboe to a traditional jazz rhythm & horn section added a palette of sound that I wish more jazz composers utilized.
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I’m looking forward to having a platform to share my upcoming projects, shows, and random thoughts. My most recent release, “Intrinsic”, is available on the Listen page.