Slide Partners- Arthur Pryor & Joseph Alessi CD

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Arthur Pryor single-handedly changed the way the trombone was played; he also influenced the way composers wrote for the instrument. His vast technique is still the envy of many a trombonist, even over 100 years after his first recording was released. However, it was not only his technique that was legendary, but also his “golden tone” and his extraordinarily expressive playing. As one band member stated, “Mr. Pryor could make the old ladies cry." While on tour in Europe with the Sousa Band, Pryor happened to play an aira from Leoncavello’s I Palicchi while the composer was in the audience. After the performance, Leoncavello greeted Pryor and stated that he had never heard his aria played so beautifully on any instrument. "Slide Partners" is truly a celebration of 100 years of American trombone virtuosity; this collection of recordings showcases Pryor's lyrical playing and impressive musicality, while also featuring Joseph Alessi's formidable talent. Alessi is living proof of Pryor's huge contribution to the trombone world, as his playing conveys both technical skill and a singing lyricism.

1. The Holy City
2. One Sweetly Solemn Thought
3. The Palms

Joseph Alessi with Gordon Turk, Organ

4. After Sunset
5. Parisian Melodies
6. Sweet Lorena Ray
7. Forever

Jospeh Alessi with Eric Huebner, Piano

8. The Fatal Stone
9. Nearer My God to Thee
10. Miserere
11. Home to the Mountain

Jospeh Alessi with Philip Smith Cornet, Joseph Turrin, Piano

12. Sweet and Low
13. Hungarian Rhapsody

Joseph Alessi, David Finlayson, Amanda Davidson, James Markey, Trombones

14. Dearie
15. Oh, Dry Those Tears

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