“The routine” is something that a lot of brass players do every morning to keep their chops in order. At different points in my life I’ve experimented with the Adam Routine, Remington Exercises, and the Caruso Method (and others). Each approach has taught me something different about playing trombone. For the last few years, I’ve gotten into a really good groove with a set of exercises that have helped me develop into a more well-rounded trombonist and I decided it would be fun to put them up here. I don’t think this is the end-all/be-all of routines, but I’ve found it very helpful, and I hope a few of you do too.
I’ve been really lucky to have some of the best brass teachers out there. Big shout out to: Rodney Hudson, Phil Ostrander, Robin Eubanks, Norman Bolter, and Tom Plsek – my main trombone teachers over the years. And John Faieta and Gabe Langfur, too. Thanks for everything, guys!
Many apologies for the lack of posts in recent…years. Due to popular demand, I’ll be back at it in the next few months. I couldn’t be more happy with how these recordings came out – Austin, Mark, and Kathy all sound fantastic!
Every solo concert is a learning opportunity, and this one was no different. I found myself going back to little motives over and over again – there was the allure of a certain dominant-to-tonic lick, an odd minor third in the upper register here and there, some fragments of old standards (maybe because it was Valentine’s Day) – and it helped anchor the structure of these improvisations.
Special thanks goes to Derek Beckvold and Andrew Hock for sharing the evening with me – they both did long-form solos which were totally amazing (you can listen to Andrew’s set here). Also, extra special thanks goes to Rob Chalfen for running the Outpost: its casual radicalism makes it one of my favorite places to play.
Recorded on 2/6/11 from 5:01 PM to 5:38 PM in Cambridge, MA.
Thanks to Mark and Austin for being totally amazing to work with and to Rob Chalfen for having us play.
Unfortunately, due to a technical mishap that was entirely the trombonist’s fault, we weren’t able to record the entire performance of the OPQ’s recent hit at the Outpost. Missing from this documentation is the incredibly brave performance Kathy gave on her Blues for Mac, the group’s nuanced reading of Stone Age Rhumba, and the deep, odd-metered pocket of Mark and Austin’s work on Reverie. At least we have something from the gig, and I hope you enjoy the tunes!
Things have been pretty quiet here at Trombonist-at-Large for the past month. That’s something I hope to change very soon! Keep yer’ eyes peeled!
It was an incredible honor to share this performance with James and Ezra – they both sound so wonderful. Their performances are totally amazing: they are both virtuosic instrumentalists and brilliant improvisers. James and Ezra (if you ever read this): thank you so much!
I really enjoyed this performance, and I’m quite happy to present the entire concert here. There are a few suggestions I have to the listener for fun, unusual ways to experience this music (other than listening to each track separately, of course):
1) Try listening to all 6 versions of The Changing Same simultaneously.
2) Try listening to all 3 Things at the same time, and compare what you hear to the 2 Shes. Hopefully they sound similarly to you.
3) Try listening to “Improvisation” and the prelude at the same time. Unlike the previous two things, they weren’t originally meant to go together, but somehow they do…
I hope you enjoy the music! Feel free to download the tunes – I think they sound a little better that way (as opposed to streaming) – and share them with all of your friends. Thank you very much for listening.