The celebrated trombone sections of Black Dyke and the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army have joined forces with their colleagues from Grimethorpe Colliery Band to release a brand new CD.
Entitled 'Lassus Trombones' it follows the successful debut release 'Cross-Flourishes' recorded in 2018 that featured the players from Black Dyke and the ISB.
They added to the ranks in May this year for the new recording, and will launch the release at a special free lunchtime concert at Regent Hall on Oxford Street London this Friday (15th November) led by Wing Commander Rob Wiffin.
Speaking about the release, Dr Brett Baker told 4BR: "The ensemble has developed a collection of music that entertains and engages the listener into the wonderful sound of an outstanding trombone choir.
The majority of the pieces are played by the entire 23 player ensemble, although several works are also recorded by the 'original gang'. In addition, the track 'Can You Dig It' is performed by the Black Dyke Youth Quartet combined with the Black Dyke Senior Quintet. There really is something for everyone here."
Brett revealed that the use of the rhythm section also gives the recording a bluesy feel in places with the likes of 'Blueberry Hill', whilst bossa nova classics such as 'The Girl From Impanema' sit comfortably next to hymns ('A Mighty Fortress'), marches ('Star Lake'), classical favourites ('Nessun Dorma'), and even Christmas music ('Three Kings Swing').
The first recording day took place at Salford University New Adelphi Band room, and as a result the ensemble was able to feature jazz licks from trombonist Duncan Winfield and a piano breaks from Robin Dewhurst.
The second session took place at Bristol Easton Corps Building the featuring Black Dyke and the ISB players.
Although the musicians have spent a combined 500 years playing their instruments, they had never played together prior to this project.
The ensemble has developed a collection of music that entertains and engages the listener into the wonderful sound of an outstanding trombone choirDr Brett Baker
Good players and fiends
Bass trombonist, Adrian Hirst added: "It was great to team up with very good players and friends. The recording sessions were fun to be involved in."
You can hear the ensemble at Regent Hall to hear some fine trombone playing of music you can tap your foot to you will not be disappointed.
The Ensemble will also feature in a concert with Black Dyke Band on Thursday 21st November at Sheffield Citadel at 7.30pm.