THE LOUDHORNS is comprised of Nashville’s top studio brass players – players who have shared the stage and recording studio with superstars such as Elton John, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Garth Brooks, Maynard Ferguson, Tony Bennett, Randy Brecker and Larry Carlton. THE LOUDHORNS delivers a potent mixture of jazz, funk, R&B and rock. The group consists of Steve Patrick, Vinnie Ciesielski and Mike Casteel on trumpet, Erin Horner on french horn, Barry Green and Roy Agee on trombone, Joe Murphy on tuba and a rhythm section featuring Adam Agati on guitar, Kevin Madill on keyboards, Tony Nagy on bass, and drummer Bob Mater.

THE LOUDHORNS endorse and are sponsored by LOUD MOUTHPIECES, which designs and manufactures the most performance-based mouthpieces available anywhere in the world. LOUD MOUTHPIECES clients include a diverse array of some of the world’s foremost brass players, from studio musicians to touring pop musicians to members of symphony orchestras.

Pump up the volume! This debut CD packs enough brassy testosterone to heat up your subwoofer, thump your floorboards, scatter your pets and cause neighbors or idle passersby to gnash their teeth. Bandleader Joe Murphy has plenty bravado exhorting band directors in his booklet notes to teach their students to move air, claiming that LOUD Mouthpieces will help do the job. Behind the brashness, there is also some high-octane musicianship. Murphy proves to be a winsome, resourceful arranger when you listen to his charts through headphones and the walls of your living room aren’t blurred. His virtuosity on tuba transforms it into a viable solo instrument on Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish” and Maynard Ferguson’s “Give It One”, nearly equaling the élan of a trombone.

Although Steve Patrick figures prominently in the scoring on high lead trumpet, he only solos on that Ferguson opener and on the iconic Zawinul “Birdland” finale. In between, the less stratospheric Mike Casteel shows himself to be the abler improviser, smuggling a mute into the studio for his solo on “Foreign Correspondent.” Ron Gilmore also provides welcome relief from decibel barrage, soloing on four different keyboards, including a B-3, a Korg Trinity, and a Wurlitzer. Adam Agati adds welcome color on guitar, softening the soundfield on Chick Corea’s “La Fiesta,” on which Gilmore plays Fender Rhodes.

So One for Maynard isn’t a non-stop screech-a-thon. But it isn’t one for soft lights, bedrooms,or girlfriends lacking steely embouchures.

Sort By:
Page of 1
One For Maynard CD
THE LOUDHORNS - One For Maynard CD
Price: $13.99

THE LOUDHORNS - One For Maynard is a tribute to the late Maynard Ferguson.