Here are around 30 of the best full time “Classic Jazz”radio stations in the USA. They are broadcasting “live” from various locales across the country. All these stations have been very carefully selected based the on quantity and quality of the jazz they play. Just click on the station’s name and it you will go directly to the music. Enjoy…
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.
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.
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?