Thursday, February 23, 2017

Breakaway by David Sampson

Breakaway by David Sampson was piece originally recorded by the trumpet players, Kevin Cobb and Raymond Mase as part of the American Brass Quintet CD, Chesapeake: The Music of David Sampson. The work has a total of three movements and all movements include the use of a tape track.

The first movement, Carving the Stone, has some interesting electronic sounds ranging from very percussion-based to more classic synthized sounds. The most impressive part of this track is the coordination between the trumpet players and electronics. Anytime a player uses a tape track, they quickly learn how unforgiving the recording is in regards to time and tempo. Their precision is wonderfully exact and makes for an impressively clean recording.

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