Quadrants for solo trumpet

by Dave Ballou

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The cd is the follow up to Dave Ballou's 2015 Clean Feed release "Solo Trumpet." These four tracks demonstrate longer improvisations that highlight extended trumpet techniques, use of mutes and the performer's ability to sustain a musical improvisation.

The idea of Quadrants came from the division of the hour into four, fifteen minutes segments. With this, other fours came into play- the four directions and the use of four pitches (Bb, B, E and F).


released June 5, 2017

Quadrants for Solo trumpet

Dave Ballou- Bb trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet and mutes
Each piece was performed in sequence with no overdubs or edits.

Parameters: An hourglass with a 15 minute sand flow
Focal pitches: Bb, B, E, F (concert)

Recorded March 13, 2015 and mixed June 3, 2015 by Ed Tetrault
Peabody Recording Studios , Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD

Mastering October 10, 2016 by Wayne Peet
Newzone Studio, Los Angeles, CA

Thanks to Jeff Kaiser, Tony Malaby, Danny Gouker, Adam Hopkins, Mike Kuhl, Jeff Reed, Ralph Alessi, Ellery Eskelin, Jim McFalls, John Dierker, Michael Formanek, Kevin Whitehead, Jonathan Finlayson and Leise Ballou.

Graphic design by Ted Killian

This recording is made possible with the support of a grant from the Towson University Faculty Research and Development Center.

© 2017 Dave Ballou Music BMI



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Dave Ballou Baltimore, Maryland

Dave Ballou is a trumpeter, improvisor and composer. He has released over 10 recordings under his own name. Dave has been a presence in Jazz and Improvised music for the past 20 years. Appearing on recordings with Andrew Hill, Sheila Jordan, Gunther Schuller, Dewey Redman and a host of others. Dave's music is always challenging and thought provoking. ... more

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