International Trombone Association Journal
, September 2012
North Carolina-based da Capo Brass has produced an outstanding introductory recording effort in its recent album FROM THE BEGINNING. Consisting mostly of newer and less familiar works for brass quintet…the recording makes for an hour of delightful listening, both for the new works included as well as the fine playing.
The first piece, the Quintet by Rolf Wilhelm, is typical of that composer’s work tonal, accessible, and delightful. It provides a moderate amount of technical challenge for a professional ensemble, while remaining very audience-friendly, Ronald Romm’s version of J. S. Bach “Lettle” Fugue is well-known to those familiar with the Canadian Brass and its catalog of arrangements, and is admirably executed here.
David Baldwin’s Music for Al’s Breakfast is a tongue-in-cheek work with each movement title representing one course of a typical American breakfast served at a diner called Al’s Breakfast in Minneapolis, Minnesota. One gets the impression that breakfast at Al’s is a particularly enjoyable listen in an accessible pop/jazz idiom.
The setting of Luther’s hymn is exciting and well-played, bringing the album to a rousing conclusion
The recording quality IS very fine throughout. The presentation of each member’s sound is very favorable, and this reviewer was particularly pleased with how tubist Brent Harvey’s rich tone comes through. The final track with organ and percussion, recorded at Myers Park United Methodist Church, gives a truer “ensemble” sound, which is quite good.
FROM THE BEGINNING is a fine recording, and those readers looking for new works for brass quintet should particularly consider purchasing a copy. © 2012 International Trombone Association Journal