The Trombones Inc.: Lassus Trombone


Lassus Trombone


The Trombones Inc.


The Trombones Inc.

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15-piece band featuring Frank Rosolino (trombone), Marty Paich (piano), Red Mitchell (bass), Mel Lewis (drums)


Composed by Henry Fillmore. Arranged by Warren Barker


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Composer Henry Fillmore's devout dad found the trombone uncouth and sinful, so young Henry practiced secretly and eventually won fame as the Father of the Trombone Smear. (Well, somebody had to sire it.) Dedicated to Renaissance composer Orlande de Lassus, Fillmore's "Lassus Trombone" (1915) was a perennial favorite among marching bands, but jazzmen avoided it like the plague. So Warren Barker's hip arrangement for 10 sliphorns came as a surprise, probably even to its featured performer, Frank Rosolino, who responds with the most sinfully exuberant trombone solo from the 1950s. Both Fillmores, Senior and Junior, were vindicated. Mo' Lassus, please!

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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  • 1 Tim Roberts // Feb 26, 2008 at 07:53 PM
    This is little other than inventive revisionist history. "Lassus Trombone" had nothing to do with Orlande de Lassus. The title is intended to reflect Negro minstrel slang for "molasses". The titles and subtitles of all 15 selections in Fillmore's series of trombone rags would be considered unacceptably racist today.
  • 2 Peter Bannon // Apr 28, 2008 at 08:43 PM
    I doubt very much if Mr. Fillmore was familiar with Orlando's music.The performanc of early music was in it's infancy at Yale Univ. in the late 1940's.I would like to conjecture that "lassus' is a corruption of the Biblical"Laserus" who was alegedly risen from the dead by Jesus.The "smears" are sound painting of the RISING of his body. Mr. Fillmore came from a profoundly religious backround and would have been very familiar with Biblical texts.