The Pioneer Brass: "Acres of Clams" (1992, Centaur
CRC2131). Two tracks on this CD include contrabass trombone, in addition
to tenor and bass trombone: Lassus Trombone, and Bull Trombone, both by
Moravian Trombones "Music for All Seasons" (1993,
Crystal Records CD220). This CD contains music by the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Trombone Ensemble (SATB) and the Moravian Trombone Choir of Downey, and
includes trombones from the Eb sopranino to the BBb contrabass. Most of
the works are choral in nature.
Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabakin Big Band "Tales of a
Courtesan" (LP: out of print). Phil Teal is featured on the contrabass
trombone in a track titled "I ain't gonna ask no more".
Bruce Boughton "Tombstone" (soundtrack, 1993, Intrada
MAF 7038D). The excellent musical score for this movie includes both
sarrusophone and contrabass trombone.
De Organographia "The One Horse Open Sleigh" (1996,
Pandourion Records, PRCD1004). This excellent Christmas CD features
one track ("Hark! the Herald Angels Sing") arranged for A/T/B/Contrabass
trombones. The rest of the CD features other period instruments,
including a track ("The First Nowell") for two ophicleides.
Richard Wagner's "Ring Cycle" of operas (Das Rheingold,
Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung) uses contrabass
trombone throughout, although there are no solos I can think of...
Edgar Varèse calls for contrabass trombone.
in his tone poems "Arcana", "Intégrales" and "Amériques",
although it does not really stand out.
Charles Mingus, "The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady"
(1963 Impulse IMPD-174). The first track features Don Butterfield
on contrabass trombone: although the credits list only tuba, the liner
notes state "Don Butterfield opens on contrabass trombone with pedal point
blast. The contrabass trombone to my knowledge is as rare to find
as is a player such as Don. He has refused to play the instrument
when requested by rock and roll promoters as a gimmick of odd sound that
might start a fad and promote the sales of a million or so records.
Don, aside from pedal point notes of both contrabass trombone and tuba,
is written in counterlead and center tones on tuba to spread my voicings
and help form the illusion of spreaded brass or full ensemble. Don
Plays two tubas at once with one mouthpiece. Yet it's difficult to
catch him doing this. It's easy when he takes off a night though
to realize that last night there were two tubas and tonight there is just
Thanks to Andrew Stiller
for his manycontributions
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