Magnificent! "First Brass" has a lot to offer.
As an arranger I found "First Brass" to have engaging
writing and as a
trombonist, I found the brass playing superb.
When you speak of lead trumpets, Derek is "Mr. Lead".
Allan Botschinsky is
in the same league, and I especially like what those Dutchmen, the
Liers, can do on the trombone.
All brass, no rhythm section, and yet it really swings. This is
some of the
finest brass playing I have heard. The original tunes are of high
and beautifully recorded. "First Brass" has certainly
taken the brass band
idea and run with it.
I can't tell you how impressed I was with "First Brass".
It's great to hear
such fine brass playing combined with creative writing in a very
concept. I am very familiar with all four guys and would like to
them highly on this project.