Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

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Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Post by talentedtrombone » Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:10 pm

Hey Y'all,

My jazz teacher told me I should have an arsenal of favorite improv jazz musicians so that I could copy their style and actually be good, but I'm too lazy to find them on my own. If you can, can you provide me with some names of improv musicians so that I could develop my arsenal and prepare for a world war of social interaction?

Yes,
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Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Post by afugate » Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:37 am

We can't tell you what you will like... :idk:

https://www.google.com/search?q=top+jaz ... yer+videos

It will be far more meaningful to you, if you make time to look and listen.

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Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Post by greenbean » Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:38 pm

First, let me say this: lazy and jazz don't really go together.

In any case, there are countless dozens of players that will amaze you. Here are five that I particularly like.

JJ Johnson
Steve Turre
Frank Rosolino
Al Grey
Wayne Wallace
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Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Post by pompatus » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:55 pm

Listen, lots! By all means, take some of the suggestions here as a jumping off point, but it’s up to you to put the work in. Listen to everything you can get your hands on, in this age of YouTube and digital music that should be very easy. It’s surprising how quickly you can lose track of an afternoon following “rabbit holes” of one video after another of great jazz trombonists on YouTube and other video sites.

Once you have a good feel for some artists whose sound you appreciate, pick your favorite tune of theirs and transcribe the improvisations. Once you’ve got that solo transcribed note for note, then transpose it into the other 11 keys. By that time you should have the tune and the solo memorized, and knowing it in any key will make you a stronger player. Then, choose another tune and repeat. You’ll be surprised how some of those licks start to creep into your own improvisations.

My answer to the original question? Urbie Green and George Roberts, for improv and style/sound
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Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Post by AndrewMeronek » Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:54 pm

Some of my favorites, specific to jazz improv:

Jack Teagarden
Carl Fontana
Frank Rosolino
John Allred
Scott Whitfield
John Fedchock
“All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians.”

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Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Post by hyperbolica » Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:15 am

Tons of different styles. Harry Waters, Wycliffe Gordon, JJ Johnson, Kai Winding, Teagarden, Urbie Green, Bill Watrous.
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Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Post by Doug Elliott » Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:30 am

Start with ONE big name you like. It's easy to get overwhelmed and too spread out trying to listen and copy too many different styles.
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Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Post by talentedtrombone » Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:40 am

hyperbolica wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:15 am
Tons of different styles. Harry Waters, Wycliffe Gordon, JJ Johnson, Kai Winding, Teagarden, Urbie Green, Bill Watrous.
Man, Wycliffe Gordon is great!
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Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Post by Doug Elliott » Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:19 pm

Yes, but Wycliffe is not necessarily the best choice as a first one to listen and copy. It's a good idea to go back and listen to who HE listened to. And others.
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Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Post by Neo Bri » Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:26 pm

Start with JJ Johnson. Go in either direction (earlier/later) from there.
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Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Post by talentedtrombone » Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:03 pm

Doug Elliott wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:19 pm
Yes, but Wycliffe is not necessarily the best choice as a first one to listen and copy. It's a good idea to go back and listen to who HE listened to. And others.
Interesting suggestion :good:
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Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Post by brtnats » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:24 am

For newly approaching the craft? Andy Martin. It's easy to listen to, easily approachable, and you can watch videos of him playing to help with the transcriptions.
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