One way that I “practice” the trumpet throughout my day is to actively listen to a wide variety of professional trumpet players. I try to hear and understand the characteristics of their particular trumpet voice; nuances like their tone, their pitch, their articulation and their phrasing. I try to hear what they’re doing and I try to figure out how I could do some of that too. Some of these players are breathtakingly unforgettable and, the result is, the sound of their horn gets stuck in my ear.
As I listen to these great trumpeters I find that their sound shapes the way I imagine that I might/can sound. As a consequence, these players inspire me to learn more, to be more disciplined about my practice and to play better trumpet.
In the spirit of community, sharing and learning, I’d like to use this Forum topic to create an ongoing list of trumpet players who currently influence the sound(s) that any of us hears in our heads. Please reply below with the name(s) of whomever you’re currently listening to and with the title(s) of any representative song(s) or album(s). Please return and update your reply regularly.
By doing this, I hope that we’ll all be introduced to some great, new trumpet players and/or trumpet music and that listening to them will inform us, inspire us and help shape our individual trumpet journeys.
To get things started:
My current influences are Wallace Roney (jazz – listen to the songs ‘What’s New’ and ‘Why Should There Be Stars’) and Sergi Nakariakov (classical – listen to the album ‘Widmung’).
Who are your current influences?
Thank you for sharing,
G’Day Brad, thanks for posting this.
Still working on the support group platform but we are implementing something really cool.
Listening and developing your own voice based on the collective inspirations is so supercritical.
I once played with Wayne Newton. He had a touring lead player name Kevin with him. The sound that I heard come out that bell changed my entire perspective of lead playing sound.
I can’t listen to music while I work, the brain goes into hyper analysis mode and I actually have the same issue when there is background music on.
My faves were always Clark Terry, Clifford, Lee Morgan and all phases of the great Maynard.
I look forward to seeing who’s into what!
Ingrid Jensen – I Love her Sound! Tine Thing Helseth! Simon Höfele! Terence Blanchard! Are some of may favorits
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Being from Sydney, I was lucky enough to hear live, people like Bob Barnard who recently sadly died. This is a guy that Warren Vache allowed to finish off the cornet parts for a wonderful movie “The Gig”. Listen to both of these people and you’ll get it. Pure singing through the horn. James Morrison one has to mention. Lee Morgan scares the hell out of me. Clark Terry on the Count Basie records. Miles changed the sound of the horn. Finding his own unique voice. So many , but off the top of my head that’s what comes to mind.
Pleased to see Sergei Nakariakov in your list, drdahlagerdc. I’m not familiar with “Widmung”, but heard something from “No Limit” and had to rush out and get the record (as it were). Such a musical player! And he palys some of the pieces on Flugelhorn, which is probably my favourite brass instrument. Gorgeous!
As you started with a classical player, I hope it’s alright to add another one here: Crispian Steele-Perkins. I bought a CD of baroque music by him at least 25 years ago and it has always been one of my favourites. Beautiful clear, crisp notes, with clean edges that just sing out. Fabulous. And I believe it’s all played on baroque trumpet, without valves. How on earth does he do that? (Seriously, how on earth can anyone do that?)
I had a listen to Ingrid Jensen. Lovely melodic playing. Will have to check her out some more. (Danke für den Vorschlag, Pia! 😉
Wild Bill Davison, Ruby Braff, and Cuff Billet are cornetist/trumpeters always in my ear. the emotion and energy they push out the bell drives me to want to make their music. Sadly, after two years of trying to teach myself, I am stuck playing almost as poorly as when I picked up the cornet cold. really hoping this course (which I just joined) will help me correct my errors and get me playing better (tho I have no expectation of hitting the aforementioned lofty heights!)
My all time favorite is Herb Alpert, I’m born in 1959 and as a youngster I dragged my mother down to the recordstore to buy his first album “The Lonely Bull”. After that album came a lot of others he made with his Tijuana Brass. But also as a solo artist after the Brass stopped playing he’s a wonderfull performer. I was so lucky to see him play in the Netherlands (we’re I live) in 1975. Next year I’m going to see him again in concert in London. At the age of 88 years he is still recording and performing. He’s the example to me that if you do it right you can play the trumpet for a very long time.
If I look at my own country I have to mention Eric Vloeimans, what he can do with the trumpet is out of the ordinary. He makes it whisper, let it swing and play classical music and with every style it look like there’s an other performer. Incredible, you should check him out.
Herb Alpert made me pick up the horn and made me play.
With the help of Greg and the forum members I hope to play for many years more.
Greetings from Reijer and may the list keep growing.
As a pre-schooler I listened to (and played along on my cardboard tube trumpet) Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass on TV (as they were played behind the test pattern), while I waited for the day’s TV programs (i.e. Play School etc) to start. I only have one vinyl LP of theirs, but as an all round demo of jazz styles including amazing trumpet I highly recommend this: https://music.apple.com/mx/album/a-to-z-of-jazz/1583137871?l=en A-Z of Jazz
If you’re not subscribed to Apple Music it could be worth your while to take a free trial and have a listen.
For me, the main sound in my head at the moment is that of cornet player Kirk Knuffke. His playing is lyrical, with a full, broad and beautiful soft tone. he has a rare gift in that he can make the most challenging material sound truly melodic. He records a lot. A great starting point is his duo album with pianist Jesse Stacken ‘Orange was the Color’.
Other great cornet players I listen to a lot are the brilliant Thad Jones, Bobby Bradford and Taylor Ho Bynum.
Hello Brad D,
The sound in my head at the moment is Big Band Swing.I am a member of a Big Band and we play arrangements from the Swing era. The Trumpet parts have transcribed solos and I use these in my practice at home, both for the joy of the stye and the technical difficulties that are to be overcome.I also like to listen to the lyrical way the great players ,Joe Newman, Cat Anderson ,Ziggy Ellman,Harry James and others from those days performed.Solos on In The Mood,American Patrol,Tuxedo Junction and something way out there,the Trumpets on Glenn Miller’s The Spirit is Willing, great examples of the trumpet played brilliantly.The wonderful solo on Glen Millers Stardust for free flowing beauty and good one for interval practice, Bobby Hackett’s Solo on String of Pearls.
Thanks for the Forum Greg, and all who participate,and I hope I have given as much as I have received.
Peter from Wollongong.