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!
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