Jump City Music is thrilled to announce the release of the debut solo album from trumpeter Bob Wagner. Toot Suite
will be available from bwtpt.com
in January as well as on all major musical distribution platforms (iTunes, Amazon, etc) shortly thereafter.Toot Suite
, written by composer/pianist Claude Bolling, combines creative improvisations, jazzy syncopations and beautiful melodies into six separate, but musically related movements. Originally recorded in 1980 by Bolling and virtuoso trumpeter Maurice André, Toot Suite's
opening lines will be instantly recognized by many as the theme for NPR’s popular long-running Diane Rehm Show.
In selecting Toot Suite
as the music for his debut project, Wagner had to overcome some initial doubts: “Despite being recognizable and enjoyable for the listener, the piece is so difficult for the trumpeter that it’s rarely performed or recorded in its entirety.” He continues, “I was excited for the chance to revive this wonderful music, but also a little nervous to follow in the footsteps of the few trumpeters who’ve dared to tackle this album-length masterwork.”
Wagner is joined on the album by pianist Peter Hilliard
, bassist Ranaan Meyer
and drummer Sean J. Kennedy
“Extreme versatility is also required of the jazz trio” offers Wagner. “They must quickly switch gears through a variety of jazz styles and also capture the subtleties of some highly nuanced chamber music.”
In discussing the project, Wagner speaks proudly. “We setup a tour to work out the kinks before taking Toot Suite
into the recording studio. It was a ton of work, but I’m really proud of the finished product”.
World class classical and jazz musicians have listened and agree that Wagner deserves applause for his solo debut: “This is some of the best trumpet playing I’ve heard in years.” writes Frank Kaderabek, retired principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Jazz bassist Gerald Veasley
adds: “Bob has created a well-crafted debut recording. His bold tone and polished technique shine throughout.”
Bob Wagner: Trumpet
Peter Hilliard: Piano
Ranaan Meyer: Bass
Sean J. Kennedy: Drums
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