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Friday, May 2, 2014

"God's Trombones" and S'more Phil WIlson

Carl Fontana
Phil Wilson

A massive stellar ensemble, featuring trombonists Carl Fontana and Phil Wilson, performs on this extended composition "God's Trombones," last heard during Boston Sackbut Week 40 years ago. Listen to this edition of The Duplex, which aired on WZBC on May 1, 2014 and my co-host for this show Dick Vacca and I will fill you in on the details.


Carl Fontana w. Berklee Jazz Trombone Ensemble and Thursday Night Dues Band, "God's Trombones" (Jazz, 1974) 

Phil Wilson, "Flight of the Sackbut" (Jazz, 1974) 

Phil Wilson and the NDR Big Band, "Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz Suite" (Jazz, 1993) on Capri 

Phil Wilson, Makoto Ozone, Chris Rathbun, Terri Lyne Carrington, "What Is This Thing Called Love" (Jazz, 1983), Radio Broadcast 

Woody Herman Orchestra, "It's a Lonesome Old Town" from "Woody Herman 1963" (Jazz, 1963) on Philips 

Phil Wilson, "In a Sentimental Mood" from "Getting It All Together" (Jazz, 1977) on Outrageous Records 


Anonymous said...

The great Harlem trombonist / band leader / arranger Craig Harris has presented major productions of "God's Trombones" at least twice before, I think 2008 and 2010. Here's one review: Here's his Web site:

Steve Provizer said...

Thanks for the references, Anonymous.

Dick Vacca said...

Completely different God's Trombones. Harris composed his work in 2007, inspired by the same source. I don't think there is any way Harris could have known about Rich Allen's composition, as it had been buried for decades---last known performance was 1984. Plenty of room for more interpretations.

Steve Provizer said...

Thanks, DIck. There's a also a version composed by Chris Crenshaw of the JALC Orch.-