Short video showing my recent test of the Sonuus G2M Pitch to MIDI converter. For a little over $100 AU it’s a no-brainer. Already utilised on an upcoming release. This is not a paid endorsement, just me testing my new gear.
2019 will see the launch, inaugural performances and recordings of my newly formed quartet, the Beatnik Preachers. A twist on Jazz and Beat Poetry combining my love for improvisation and the spoken word. The project is not an attempt to re-invent ‘the wheel’ but it is indeed fitting some White-Wall Tyres to the Jazz-mobile.
The project will be launched at a private event (invitation only) in late February 2019. The quartet features: Tony King (double bass), Robbie Mercer (drums), Joel Smithard (piano) and yours truly on Trumpet and Spoken Pictures (poetry).
the Beatnik Preachers - musically evocative, lyrically provocative… Stay tuned…
I grew up through my 20’s idolising the great jazz trumpeters. None more so than Clifford Brown. He died in a car accident at only 25 yet left an incredible legacy of recordings, through which I am still working. Revisiting some transcriptions of his solos today and the humility is once again profound; 1953 until his death a few years later he was on fire! If I get to play even a portion of the voice leading, rhythmic interest and harmonic outlines that Clifford did then I’ll be very grateful. Until then, the humility continues… Thank you Clifford x
My 1976 OLDS Recording is a beautiful sounding Horn; not too bright or shrill. Recording for a Sydney artist's upcoming release and have opted for the OPR Ultra-Mod Rocket Ribbon as the microphone. Running through one of my AVALON 737SP modified valve units (on High Gain of course!) the tone is thick and moody but still with an upper presence. A little boost at 1.2k and another at 10k and the sound was there. A touch of compression. DONE!
So nice to be playing the "humiliating mistress" live again; very different to studio. A small guest appearance with the Tracey Roberts Quartet (+1?) but some great moments shared, especially with Jon Magill (Tenor) - as these shots suggest.
Pics by Michéle Photos
I’m usually posting about gear that allows us to colour or process a signal but none of the chain is very useful without something in front of the microphone. How about this...
I am utterly besotted. How absolutely gorgeous is “she?” So now I need about $7.5k AU... #hornfancy
I hereby invite the Universe to provide me with the means to own this beautiful instrument :)
Since the age of 7 I've had an affair with the Trumpet. At 15 I entered my first recording studio and fell in love with the art of recording and all it's machinations.
Finding a balance has always proven problematic for me, especially over the last two decades where folks have been more than happy to pay me six times what they'd pay for a Jazz gig on the Horn and have me record, mix or master their performances. This is still essentially the same, with musicians being paid around the same performance fees that we were thirty years ago; sort of depressing isn't it?
But as life see-saws and weighing up the need to prioritise finances over artistic indulgence alters the scales it appears the balance is beginning to change. I am managing to find small pockets of time between parenting and engineering to devote to practice.
Today I bought a new stand for the Horn so 'she' can sit alongside me whenever I'm engineering. Within arms reach like the rest of my analogue hardware, so is now the first love of my life; and the affair continues...
It's pretty simple really - some would say "black and white" yet it has become my nemesis; TIME. Time to practise. The instrument I love the most from all that I play and the one I've attained the highest level upon throughout my life thus far is this one - and in my opinion no other demands the constant upkeep of practise more than this. Therein lies the beauty of it - and the humility. So as I embark upon a new year, with no doubt a whole raft of other challenges I hereby declare that this particular challenge is one I intend to make a priority. Make time to practise Anthony! Have a wonderful and safe New Year everyone.
As a trumpet player I am only too aware of the immense amount of time required to practise such an instrument in order to attain a high level of accomplishment. After 12 years essentially focusing on other things, such as a son and a daughter it appears I now have time once again. It has been a humbling experience as I re-tread the path so well-travelled for many many years in my efforts to attain those heights again, although I do seek to surpass them this time around. "Mystery to Mastery" is an excellent publication and method designed by Australian trumpeter Greg Spence. If you're seriously into brass, any horn at all, then you'd better check out Greg's site:
Since having mixed and mastered Stevie's award-winning album "Welcome to the Big Time" I've been doing quite a few shows with her, a few as a band but mostly as a duo. I'm loving it and get to play the beloved horn again - the Olds '76 Recording is such a richly coloured trumpet and as a solo instrument with Stevie's material it's perfect. We recently took part in the national "Performer of the Year" series, making it to the finals. If you'd like to catch one of our shows check Stevie's page via the Artists Links, here at ToKwerX.