Jazz Trombone Ballads

Discuss the people that make the music here.
Post Reply
alberttrombone
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:23 am

Jazz Trombone Ballads

Post by alberttrombone » Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:09 am

Hello everybody!

Which are your favourite ballad recordings played by trombonists?
User avatar
TromboneFox
Posts: 14
Joined: Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:49 am

Re: Jazz Trombone Ballads

Post by TromboneFox » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:40 pm

Hey!

Some of my favorites:
Carl Fontana on Polka Dots & Moonbeams. He's awesome. Great things to transcribe here.

Bill Watrous on Body & Soul. A heavy classic.

Urbie Green on Old Folks (a real nice, original buttery piece)

Rick Culver from the Pat Metheny Big Band on Dream of the Return (kind of a rock-ish newer 90s feel straight-eighths ballad)

Bill Watrous might be my favorite on a ballad, but Carl is great, too. Urbie is also good, but the musical complexity sometimes isn't there. Frank is a phenomenal musician, but sometimes his quick runs and hard tongue can be off-putting in a ballad, just personal preference though.
"You play pretty good for not taking in any air"
"Wow, it almost sounds like you like that piece"
"There are two kinds of music, the flowy kind and the digging-in kind. You're much better at the digging-in kind."
Jnoxon
Posts: 26
Joined: Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:05 pm

Re: Jazz Trombone Ballads

Post by Jnoxon » Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:21 pm

Most anything with Dick Nash! Hatari Theme, I cover the WaterFront and many more!
J
Williams 4,6, 8, 9, and 10
.490, .500, .520, .520, .565 bore sizes.
Pre59
Posts: 83
Joined: Sat May 12, 2018 2:51 am
Location: Devon UK

Re: Jazz Trombone Ballads

Post by Pre59 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:06 pm

Charlie Small.
Pick something out of this lot. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_ ... l+trombone
User avatar
Grah
Posts: 52
Joined: Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:40 pm
Location: REDLAND BAY, AUSTRALIA

Re: Jazz Trombone Ballads

Post by Grah » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:05 pm

Any ballad played by Tommy Dorsey. In fact, his whole band was the best at playing ballads, with the best ballad vocalists. And Tommy had such a wonderful tone for ballads.
Grah

(Transcribing jazz solos is fraught with difficulties because exact rhythmic notation is well-nigh impossible. So listen carefully because it's the only way to learn how to play jazz trombone so that we can return to the Golden Age.) 8-)
jthomas105
Posts: 19
Joined: Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:53 pm
Location: DFW-Texas

Re: Jazz Trombone Ballads

Post by jthomas105 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:41 pm

Lots of favorites including the ones already mentioned but Kai Winding is one of my big favorites for ballads.
Crazy She Calls Me

The Boy Next Door


That's Him

Lonely Town


Also, from the Woody Herman Band, Bob Burgess, Alone Again, Naturally


and Birch Johnson also with Woody, What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life, also on the Woody Herman Thundering Herd LP
Bach5G
Posts: 134
Joined: Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:10 pm

Re: Jazz Trombone Ballads

Post by Bach5G » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:49 pm

A standby is A Time for Love from the Watrous book.
Posaunus
Posts: 146
Joined: Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:54 pm
Location: California

Re: Jazz Trombone Ballads

Post by Posaunus » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:01 pm

jthomas105 wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:41 pm
Lots of favorites including the ones already mentioned but Kai Winding is one of my big favorites for ballads.
Crazy She Calls Me


Since when did Kai Winding play left-handed? Couldn't the record company have used a non-mirror image photo for this album cover?
Jimkinkella
Posts: 39
Joined: Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:43 am
Location: Los Angeles

Re: Jazz Trombone Ballads

Post by Jimkinkella » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:56 pm

Urbie - At Last
Jimmy Knepper - Where Flamingos Fly
User avatar
Conn100HGuy
Posts: 12
Joined: Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:56 am
Location: York, PA
Contact:

Re: Jazz Trombone Ballads

Post by Conn100HGuy » Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:34 am

How's this - Dave Steinmeyer, And We Will Love Again.

Onward and Upward
User avatar
Grah
Posts: 52
Joined: Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:40 pm
Location: REDLAND BAY, AUSTRALIA

Re: Jazz Trombone Ballads

Post by Grah » Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:23 pm

I would like to submit another name, that of Jimmy Cleveland, for his skill in playing ballads. He was also one of the most technically skilled of the bop-based trombonists, whilst retaining the wonderful characteristics of old-style jazz trombone playing:

Grah

(Transcribing jazz solos is fraught with difficulties because exact rhythmic notation is well-nigh impossible. So listen carefully because it's the only way to learn how to play jazz trombone so that we can return to the Golden Age.) 8-)
Redthunder
Posts: 110
Joined: Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:11 pm
Location: Philadelphia

Re: Jazz Trombone Ballads

Post by Redthunder » Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:51 am

Post Reply

Return to “Musicians”