Sadly, there is like NOTHING out there for Jazz Oboe. So, I took on a task of transposing and rearranging Bill Holcombe’s Jazz Flute Concerto to work for Oboe. Seems to work out fairly well. The only thing that sorta sucks is that I only have a TAPE of the backgrounds and the piece. When I transfered it to digital, I guess the tape player was slower and caused the whole recording to be about 9 cents flat. So, a little bump in the Amazing Slowdowner fixed that.
But still, it’s TAPE. It’s all stuffy sounding. I searched Fluteworld.com for a CD version of the Concerto, but they seem not to have it anymore (any version).
Bill Holcombe is an amazing guy. He is like a billion years old, and plays the snot out of flute, clarinet and saxophone. Dunno about Oboe, but he probably could hang on that too.
By SARAH LYALL
LONDON — They had rehearsed the piece only once, but already the
musicians at the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra were suffering. Their
ears were ringing. Heads throbbed.
Tests showed that the average noise level in the orchestra during the
piece, “State of Siege,” by the composer Dror Feiler, was 97.4 decibels,
just below the level of a pneumatic drill and a violation of new
European noise-at-work limits. Playing more softly or wearing
noise-muffling headphones were rejected as unworkable.
So instead of having its world premiere on April 4, the piece was
dropped. “I had no choice,” said Trygve Nordwall, the orchestra’s
manager. “The decision was not made artistically; it was made for the
protection of the players.”
A while ago, while trying to convince a student that she does not have bad tone (because some “expert” during honor bands said she does), I came across this website. It is a great resource for hearing what Oboists sound like. Anyhow, I got interested in the “Azevedo arr., rec. 1999” that Alex Klein did. Yes, THAT Alex Klein.
Anyhow, the album it is off of is Brazilian Rhapsody by Daniel Barenboim and the song is actually called “Pedacinhos Do Ceu”. The album is partially available on iTunes, but the fore mentioned song is NOT. Anyhow, it is a great album, and I totally love the oboe playing on it. Excellent. Plus, you can get it for like 5 bucks used.
For a while, I’ve been using Allan Oboe reeds. Good, cheap Oboe reeds for those of us who don’t have the time and/or patience (and maybe skill) to make our own. Though, I kind of wanted more tone out of them. So, in the search for a better reed, I tried some of the fabled Good Tone Guild reeds. They cost nearly double what the Allan reeds are, but they seem to have more “body” to the tone. Plus, the pitch seems a little more stable on my Oboe.
So, you might want to get some Allan and GTG’s and compare.
Making reeds is something Oboe players are supposed to do. I suck at it. It is really time consuming, and with all the other activities I do, I just don’t have the time and patience to do it. I’ve been buying Allan Reeds for a while now. Cheap and play well I think. I am going to try some of those Good Tone reeds soon.
I did find this site, Oboe Reed Review. Interesting. They have polls and what not there. Don’t seem to have Allan Reeds though…..
So, is the age old thing about a real oboist still true? Are they required to make their own reeds? And, is there some sort of way special “jazz” reed for oboe?
I’ve wanted to start this for a while, and finally have. Jazz-Oboe. The rare, mysterious, perhaps even taboo subject of playing Jazz on Oboe. Yes, we will jump into oboe related items other than jazz, but mainly it is all about Jazz and Oboe. Enjoy