Eric Klay brings his bass trombone centre-stage in a varied selection of stylish classic, contemporary, and big band pieces.
From Oz comps to Big Band — 'WindSong' captures them all!
It is unique to combine so many eclectic styles featuring bass trombone on the one disc. "It really does show off the instrument" said trombonist Eric Klay.
The eclecticism found in 'WindSong' is realised in pieces like 'Tropical Funk' featuring the superb improvisational skills of saxophonist John Barrett juxtaposed against new Australian compositions by Ross Edwards: 'Maninya IV', 'Sonata for Two Trombones' by Lawrence Whiffin, and Paul Sarcich's 'Music for Tubes and Sticks'.
Fantastic arrangements of Ellington's 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore', Gershwin's 'I've Got a Crush on You', and Richard Rodgers' 'Nobody's Heart Belongs to Me' complete the line-up.
Eric Klay's list of credentials is impressive: principal bass trombone with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 1977; and concert, cabaret shows, film scores and recordings for artists including John Farnham, Debra Byrne, Anthony Warlow, Sammy Davis Jnr., and Frank Sinatra.
In 1986 Klay commissioned, and gave the first performance of, Paul Sarcich's 'Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra' to enthusiastic audiences.
Eric Klay has been the Principal Bass Trombone of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 1977. Prior to this appointment he performed with the Elizabethan Trust Mlebourne Orchestra from 1976 - 77. He studied with Mr Roger Davies at The University of Melbourns, Faculty of Music, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree.
“I'd give the performance at least four stars.”
— Hugo Magliocco, International Trombone Association Journal
“WindSong has a varied program that amply demonstrates [Klay's] versatility, his artistry and professionalism.”
— Alan Mewett, Former principal bass trombone, Sydney S.O.
- Music for Tubes and Sticks Paul Sarcich 12:08
- New Orleans Eugene Bozza 6:01
- Pièce Lyrique Robert Clerisse 5:35
- Sonata for Two Trombones 1st Movement Lawrence Whiffin 7:38
- Maninya IV Ross Edwards 10:49
- Don't Get Around Much Anymore Duke Ellington Arr: Peter De Visser 2:26
- I've Got a Crush on You George Gershwin Arr: Peter De Visser 2:40
- Nobody's Heart Belongs To Me Richard Rodgers Arr: Frank De Vol Damien Collis 2:41
- Tropical Funk John Barrett 6:41
- Eric Klay · bass trombone, trombones
- Peter Neville · marimba · track 5
- Simone De Haan · tenor trombone · tracks 1 and 4
- Robert Cossom · percussion, vibraphone · tracks 1 and 8
- John Arcaro · percussion · track 1
- Harry Wilson · didjeridu · track 1
- John Barrett · didjeridu, soprano saxophone, synthesisers · tracks 1 and 9
- Joan Pollock · director · track 1
- Catherine Friend · piano · tracks 2 and 3
- Alan Bray · bass clarinet · track 5
- David Allardice · piano · tracks 6—8
- Gary Costello · acoustic bass · tracks 6—8
- Ron Sandilands · drums · tracks 6—8
- Bob Johnson · lead trombone · track 6
Lawrence Whiffin was born in Melbourne in 1930, and passed away in November 2012. He spent much of his life abroad. In 1976 Whiffin was appointed Senior Tutor at the Music Department of La Trobe University. This position entailed the teaching of harmony, counterpoint, analysis, form and fugue, and gave him the chance to compose more concert music.
Eugène Joseph Bozza (1905–1991) was a French composer. Bozza studied composition, conducting, and violin at the Paris Conservatoire. He is known primarily for his chamber music. Bozza's work includes five symphonies, operas, ballets, and many pieces for brass ensemble. His larger works are rarely performed outside his native France.
Paul Sarcich's music is noted for its rhythmic and dramatic flair, and his output particularly reflects his background in percussion, brass, and voice together with his orchestrational ability. Most of his music is written at the behest of performers, often those who are seeking to add to the repertoire for their instrument or group.
One of Australia's most distinguished composers, Ross Edwards lives and works in Sydney. For more than two decades his commitment to the ideal of music as a positive and regenerative force within the community has led him to explore beyond the confines of Western Art Music.
George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known.
More prolific than George Gershwin (who died at 38), more popular than Stephen Sondheim and esteemed among musicians of all genres. Collectively, his catalogue of songs reads like a treasury of classics from American musical theater's golden age.
Where to buy
Recorded at the Move Records Studio, Melbourne Australia.
(tracks 2 and 3)
- List price
- $25.00 AUD
- Total playing time
- 56 minutes 39 seconds
- Jim Atkins (track 5)
Martin Wright (tracks 2 and 3)
Robin Gray (tracks 1, 4 and 6—9)
- Move Records Studio (tracks 2 and 3)
- Release date
- © 1995 Australian Brass Work
- ℗ 1995 Move Records
- Australian, Classical, Jazz
- Catalogue number
- MD 3174
- EAN 9314574317428