Wycliffe Gordon: Sing It First
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Sing It First explains jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon's approach to the Trombone. Wycliffe's approach is to hear the music before playing it, to sing the technique before perfecting it. It's a different kind of approach. It combines playing and singing to the degree that one blends into the other.
There have been (and are) a number of singing brass players including:
Trumpet - Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Jack Sheldon, Louis Prima, Bunny Berigan, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Ghandi Burgess, Tom Harrell and Jon Faddis
- Trombone - Jack Teagarden, Wycliffe Gordon, Emory Remington (who sang for his students), Billy Eckstein, Jerry Colonna, Bill Watrous and Frank Rosolino
Very often their singing reflects their playing.
"The consummate artist/teacher, Dr. Wycliffe Gordon has a unique talent for clearing the obstacles from the path leading to mastery of the instrument. He communicates his process clearly, directly and honestly, and his desire and ability to “pass it on” comes through loud and clear."
Cheryl Y. Boga
Conductor and Director, Performance Music,The University of Scranton