The trombone is a vital part of any big band or orchestra. And often with smaller ensembles, it is an excellent background or solo instrument. However, in recent decades, it has faded as a lead instrument. Nick Finzer aims to change that culture with The Chase (Origin Records, 2015).
With Finzer are Lucas Pino, saxophone; Alex Wintz, guitar; Glenn Zaleski, piano; Dave Baron, bass; and Jimmy MacBride, drums.
“Life Happens” is a moderate, sunny piece. Trombone and sax harmonize for the lead, delivering a warm, celebratory melody. Then, each takes a turn in the spotlight, followed by the guitar, while the other players remain engaged. Then a brief interlude with only piano, bass and drums sets up a return to the main theme. Through it all, MacBride has a little fun, doing far more than simply maintaining the beat.
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