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The London Trumpet Sound Volume 1
PRIMA/SARCICH, Sing, Sing, Sing; GARNER/Gout, Misty; TRADITIONAL/Crowley, Jarabe Taptio (Mexican Hat Dance), LENNON and MCCARTNEY/Harvey, Penny Lane; CLARKE/Wright, The Prince of Denmark’s March; MOZART/Humphries, Rondo Alla Turca; ROSSINI/Archibald, The Thieving Magpie Overture; RODRIGO/Runswick, Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez, SOUSA/Payne, The Stars and Stripes Forever
27 London trumpet players with rhythm and percussion, Geoffrey Simon, conductor.
Recorded in London on August 22-25, 2001. [DDD]
CALA CACD0113 [44:06]


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This is another of the seemingly never-ending string of vanity projects in which Geoffrey Simon assembles every player of a given instrument that he can lay hands on and then contrives some kitschy arrangements for them to play.

To their credit, our assembled trumpeters do play well. They have a tight sound with fine intonation and they pull off rather predictable arrangements with as much flare and panache as is humanly possible, given the material. The disc does have one bright shining moment in the Adagio movement from Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, which features a lovely flügelhorn solo by Maurice Murphy.

The problem with discs like these is that the music has to be arranged and assembled from all sorts of sources, and the quality is never consistent. This collection is a pastiche of genres and styles, not really well planned as a program, and on the whole, pretty dull. The Stan Kenton-esque arrangement of Misty is charming, but we can go to Kenton himself for that style of playing. On the whole, this concert would better serve as a demo disc for high school band directors out shopping for things for their bands to play.

I suppose that trumpet players out there might enjoy sampling a range of their own wares, but too many of records like this one end up in the used and cut-out bins as it is. The booklet lists another volume of the same. Really, one is more than enough. Speaking of the booklet, it is an exercise in self-flattery.

Recommended only to die-hard trumpet aficionados.

Kevin Sutton

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