Henry Charles Smith III R.I.P.

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Henry Charles Smith III R.I.P.

Post by robcat2075 » Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:31 am

Trombonist and conductor Henry Charles Smith has died.

US orchestra mourns former music director, 90

I recall going to a trombone clinic he gave in the 70s.

He can be heard playing Morceau Symphonique with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra on an LP called "First Chair Encores"

https://archive.org/details/lp_first-ch ... -orchestra
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Post by CalgaryTbone » Mon Sep 13, 2021 8:32 am

He also had some solo recordings in the 60's that are way ahead of their time - playing that stands up to modern standards. They have been re-released on CD in a 2 or 3 CD package. I got mine from Hickeys and I think I have at least one of the LP's somewhere. Beautiful player! Some great orchestral playing too on a bunch of the Ormandy recordings with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
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Post by Doug Elliott » Mon Sep 13, 2021 9:51 am

His son Hank Smith is (or was) a trombonist in the Army Band here in DC. Haven't heard from him for a while so I don't know for sure.
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Post by PosauneCat » Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:12 am

HCS was truly an inspiration. I grew up just north of Philly so he was a local hero to all us aspiring brass players. He was a fine musician on many levels. His death marks the end of an era.

Just last week I read this interview with him:

http://www.dwerden.com/forum/content.ph ... rles-Smith

Here’s a link to the recordings that CalgaryTbone referenced above. Great recordings.

https://www.hickeys.com/music/brass/tub ... rdings.php
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Re: Henry Charles Smith III R.I.P.

Post by PosauneCat » Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:14 am

robcat2075 wrote:
Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:31 am
Trombonist and conductor Henry Charles Smith has died.
Thanks for letting us know, Robert. I saw no other mention of his death anywhere online.
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Post by CalgaryTbone » Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:05 pm

There's a short blurb on Slippedisc about HCS's death.

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Post by PosauneCat » Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:08 pm

CalgaryTbone wrote:
Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:05 pm
There's a short blurb on Slippedisc about HCS's death.

Jim Scott
That’s the link that Robert posted.
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Post by PosauneCat » Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:13 pm

Here’s a write up about HCS from Interlochen. It includes an audio file of Smith playing.

https://www.interlochenpublicradio.org/ ... smith-dies
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Post by BGuttman » Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:15 pm

PosauneCat wrote:
Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:13 pm
Here’s a write up about HCS from Interlochen. It includes an audio file of Smith playing.
Link?
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Re: Henry Charles Smith III R.I.P.

Post by robcat2075 » Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:49 pm

BGuttman wrote:
Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:15 pm
PosauneCat wrote:
Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:13 pm
Here’s a write up about HCS from Interlochen. It includes an audio file of Smith playing.
Link?

Perhaps this is it...

Conductor Henry Charles Smith dies
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Re: Henry Charles Smith III R.I.P.

Post by PosauneCat » Mon Sep 13, 2021 9:08 pm

robcat2075 wrote:
Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:49 pm
BGuttman wrote:
Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:15 pm


Link?

Perhaps this is it...

Conductor Henry Charles Smith dies
That’s it. Sorry I forgot the link.
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Re: Henry Charles Smith III R.I.P.

Post by PosauneCat » Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:37 pm

I purchased the remastered recordings of HCS and they arrived today. My advice, get them, they are well worth it. The remastering is very faithful to the original recordings. No heavy EQing or other processing has been done. There is a certain charm to the sound of these recordings and his playing is very beautiful. The two Bordogni pieces are particularly sweet. The only thing that I was disappointed by was that the pianist is given no credit, either on the cover, contents page, or in Doug Yeo's notes! I know from the original LPs, which did list the pianist, that it was Gertrude Kuehefuhs. She does an admirable job though the piano is a bit of a dog, rather dull and lifeless (probably an old Baldwin). Here's a link if you're interested in purchasing them:

https://www.hickeys.com/music/brass/tub ... rdings.php
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