The Jazz.com Blog
December 26, 2007 · 0 comments
More than thirty writers are contributing to jazz.com, but Matt Leskovic hits higher trumpet notes than the rest of us. He can leap tall intervals in a single bound, and can work more magic with a plumber’s helper than a crew of handymen. That puckered look on the face, which only serves the other scribes when they want to give out a Bronx cheer, he gets to call an embouchure. In short, he is our resident expert on the mellifluous sounds produced by a well-honed piece of brass tubing.
Today we are publishing Matt’s ‘Dozens’ contribution – his survey of Twelve Essential Modern Jazz Trumpet Solos. Summing up a half century of trumpet artistry in a handful of tracks is hardly an easy task, but our critic guides us smartly through the expected horn-blowers (such as those famous enough to go by their first names: Miles, Dizzy, Wynton) while also tossing in a few unexpected entries.
We are preparing more trumpet features for publication in early 2008. The stylish Brendan Wolfe, who publishes the best (and perhaps only) blog inspired by the legendary cornetist Bix Beiderbecke – The Beiderbecke Affair, a highly recommended compendium of quotidian wit and wisdom – will soon be sharing his selections for the essential recordings of that legendary cornetist. I will be offering my insider’s guide to twelve jazz trumpeters you don’t know about, but need to discover. Finally, I will be publishing for the first time the full account of my encounters with the elusive trumpet master Dupree Bolton, and extracts from the only complete interview Bolton ever gave. As they say at Mission Control in Houston: ‘Watch this space.”
This blog entry posted by Ted Gioia