Jazz recital videos, August 2017

September 7, 2017

This year I played all jazz at my Delta State University faculty recital. Program and some selected videos are below.

I’m very much a part-time jazz player, so it was fun to spend the summer trying to get my chops in shape to play tunes in a variety of styles on a variety of instruments. This was my new record for number of instruments on a recital: flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon (electric bassoon), soprano/alto/tenor saxophones, and EWI, 9 in all. I’ve written previously about the challenges of improvising on multiple instruments, which I suspect might be surprising to non-doublers or non-improvisers.

An additional challenge is that I live in a small town in an isolated area, so I had to bring in some rhythm section players from out of town and rehearsal time was extremely limited. Enjoy the videos warts and all.

I have previously done some things with bassoon and electronics, but I took that to a new level this time around with a Little Jake pickup and a few new effects pedals. This was lots of fun and I’m already brainstorming how I can use the Little Jake with some other instruments.

The pedalboard setup I used for electric bassoon and EWI

Program

 

Comments

  1. Dirk Bretschneider

    Hello Bret,
    man, you sound great on every instrument you play! I like the way, how you push yourself outside the comfort zone in every recital you did.
    I’m deeply impressed!

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  2. Trent

    I have Yamaha 4C alto and tenor mouthpieces set up for Little Jake. Not great mouthpieces, but I’ll lend them to you for messing around if you want.

    You can tap a clarinet barrel. Just get a plastic one.

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