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Dexter Morrill

Cover Painting: "Claudel Couple" by Edith Smith

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Catalog Number: CPS-8657
Audio Format: Stereo, DDD
Playing Time: 52:02
Release Date: 1998

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  1. Bold & Very Steady (2:08)
  2. Recitative (1:54)
  3. Hymn (2:16)
  4. Furious (1:50)
  Mark Ponzo& Barbara Butler, C trumpets & flugelhorns
  Nine Pieces
  5. Majestic (0:53)
  6. Echoes (1:08)
  7. Alternating Thirds (0:43)
  8. Shining Trumpets (0:55)
  9. Lullaby (1:35)
  10. Cross Key Gallop (0:32)
  11. Airborn Blues (1:04)
  12. Duple-Triple (0:55)
  13. Funky (1:44)
  Mark Ponzo, C trumpet
  14. (10:00)
  Studies for trumpet & computer
  15. Hocket (1:18)
Rotations (2:35)
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  17. Blues (1:38)
  18. Cadenza (2:35)
  Mark Ponzo, trumpet
  Trumpet Concerto
  19. Variations (5:28)
  20. Andante (4:09)
  21. Rondo (6:42)
  Mark Ponzo, C trumpet
  William Koehler, piano



Twentieth Century Music - July 1999 - by Crystal Elizabeth

"With writing solidly in the neoclassic and jazz crossover traditions, Dexter Morrill's Music for Trumpets is a series of fine works spanning 30 years and featured on this Capstone release in reverse chronological order, beginning with the recent Ponzo (1996) for two trumpets, played vibrantly here by its namesake Mark Ponzo and Barbara Butler. The following Nine Pieces (1989) are various unaccompanied solo character pieces and etudes, including a bluesy Miles Davis-like "Airborne Blues" and a funky, concluding Funky.

Ponzo is the soloist again in Nine as well as in two works for trumpet(s) and computer: TARR (1982) and Studies (1974), the former of which calls for four overdubbed Ponzos. The computer-generated sounds in both pieces are a bit on the cheesy side, but they make their impact effectively in close Davidovskian interplay with the acoustic components. The Trumpet Concerto (1966), in a piano version with Ponzo and William Koehler, demonstrates that Morrill has maintained a consistent sonic vision throughout the years."