personal audio clips

Below you'll find various sound clips from CDs, live concerts, recitals, etc. that I've performed over the years. I was joking the other day about bass trombone highlight reels with a bass trombone-playing friend of mine. We laughed at how our big moments usually involve 2-3 note licks behind the tenor sax solo.

Makin' Whoopie - play clip
Donaldson & Kahn, arr. Wil Swindler
from untitled, yet-to-be-released album
Slide Tradition
Recorded summer 2002

This album will hopefully be released in the not-too-distant future -- it's been on the shelf for too long.

Personnel: Paul Compton, Mike Lucke, Zach Giffel, Steve Smith, Jeff Valentine, me

Caravan - play clip
Juan Tizol, arr. Steve Smith
from untitled, yet-to-be-released album
Slide Tradition featuring Steve Wiest
Recorded summer 2002

Steve Wiest came to Denton for a summer music program, so we snagged him for one of our recording session dates. Paul mailed him the music; the mics were hot the first time we played together. The session went well and Wiest laid down some monster solos. Monster.

We had some great writers composing and arranging charts for our group, but I think Steve's Caravan is the best chart on the album.

Personnel: Steve Wiest, Paul Compton, Mike Lucke, Zach Giffel, Steve Smith, Jeff Valentine, me

The Next Step - play clip
Curtis Stephan
from Lab '98 - order
UNT One O'Clock Lab Band
Recorded May 1998

The great thing about playing in the One O'Clock was the amount of new music the band was able to play. Students in the jazz department would bring in their charts on a regular basis in order to better hear what they had put on paper. While not all of those charts made the cut, a few would eventually end up on the album at the end of the year. The first chart we recorded on Lab '98 is my favorite -- for obvious reasons. Curtis wrote a great head for the bari, bass and two bass bones.

Trombone section: Mike Bravin, Greg McCrea, Dave Dickey, Brandon Moodie, me

Kenny Wheeler at North TexasThe Sweet Time Suite: Part Six - Consolation (updated)
play clip
Kenny Wheeler
from Kenny Wheeler at North Texas - order
UNT One O'Clock Lab Band
Recorded live March 1, 2002

From time to time, the One O'Clock would put out a live album in addition to the yearly studio recording. In 2000, the Glenn E. Gomez Concert featured Kenny Wheeler and his The Sweet Time Suite. Neil Slater decided to record it and I'm glad he did. The solos are great and Kenny's writing is outrageous.

Trombone Section: Paul Compton, Michael Lucke, Zach Giffel, Joel Keene, me

Lab 2000The Eipper - play clip (updated)
Paul Tynan
from Lab 2000 - order
UNT One O'Clock Lab Band
Recorded May 2000

A burner from start to finish. Pete DeSiena is on lead trumpet.

Trombone section: Paul Compton, Michael Lucke, Zach Giffel, Joel Keene, me

Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition Gala ConcertBrownie Speaks - play clip
Clifford Brown, arr. Vern Sielert
from Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition Gala Concert
UNT One O'Clock Lab Band
Recorded live March 28, 1998

This was a great concert to play, thanks to the three guest artists: Randy Brecker, Vince DiMartino, and Byron Stripling. The audio quality is decent, but the mics only picked up the louds in the trombone section (or else I would have included the great walking bass line Vern wrote for the fifth part).

The trombone section actually had two subs for this concert. Brandon Moodie had some minor surgery a few days before and didn't feel like blowing out his stitches. Mike Bravin also wasn't there, but I don't remember why.

Trombone section: Dave Dickey, Greg McCrea, Robert Claiborne, Joy Archer, me

Horkstow Grange (from Lincolnshire Posy) - play clip (updated)
Percy Grainger, arr. James Kazik
Bravura Trombone Octet
Recorded live November 7, 1999

Bravura entered a 2000 Downbeat Magazine student competition (I don't remember which one) with a CD filled with Jim Kazik originals and arrangements. Jim is a fantastic composer and is also the alto soloist on this clip.

Personnel: John Allen, Paul Compton, Zach Giffel, Jim Kazik, Dave Krosschell, Michael Lucke, Bob Swanson, me