Student Listening Notes

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Talking Points

The Music: What style of music is being played? What type of group is performing? Have you played any music like this before? What feelings does this music evoke?

The Performance: What type of trumpet is being played? Is there something spectacular about this performance? Do you see any interesting techniques being used? How would you describe this performer’s trumpet sound

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  1. Scott

    Kisor is playing with Wynton Marsalis’ band, the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra. In this piece there is a strong connection to last week’s listening assignment where we heard Wycliffe Gordon’s Me/We, where Wycliffe also played with a straight mute and a plunger. This gives them a similar sound to each other. Kisor is soloing overtop of the orchestra and is playing in a call and response form as well, which is another similarity to last week’s. His sound is a very mellow sound which evokes a sense of reflection. The great part of this piece is the way that he glides from low notes to really high notes making it sound smooth yet powerful.

  2. Taylor Restall

    Just like last week’s listening assignment, the main player is playing his instrument with a straight mute and using a plunger as well. He is soloing over the orchestra. He is playing a call and response just like last week. His glides are very interesting and the whole piece is really enjoyable to listen to. His tone is mellow and his vibrato sounds great. He makes it look quite easy and his range is quite impressive.

  3. Pun Siripun

    Compared to Wycliffe on the trombone in the previous listening video, his straight mute + plunger sound is a lot more gentle and relaxing. It gives a soft and mellow feel and switch to a vibrant and loud sound as he played the melody with the big band accompaniment enhancing his sound. When he played his solo without the mutes, his sound has lots of energy and his notes are bright and loud

  4. tim Lee

    Listening and comparing to Wycliffe’s performance, this music sounds rather softer than the trombone music. Also, the tune range is rather “limited” because since a trumpet does not have slides unlike trombones, the musician would have to use his lips to bend the pitches, while trombone players would have to just use the slides. His solo near the end after he removed his mute, louder and more bright sounding.

  5. Delaney

    in this video Ryan Kisor is playing “concerto for Cootie”. in the beginning it started off slow and simple but during the middle he picked up the speed and stopped playing with the plunger and the trumpet sounded a lot louder and brighter. then during the end he used the mute to reflect back on the beginning. Kisor is playing over and orchestra doing a call and response. A great part of this piece is that he makes it all look so simple yet the music tells you otherwise.

  6. freya

    i noticed that he is playing with a mute and a plunger which causes the sound to be more raspy and the plunger makes a wah wah noise when he moves it. he played mutch louder and agressive with out the mutes and with sounded very sly.

  7. Finn

    When he plays with the mute out, it is loud, clear, and bright sounding. When he has the mute in and the plunger on it sounds less clear, a bit quieter, and goes up and down as he moves the plunger in and out. He is bending the notes by slowly putting the valves down (half valving).

  8. Rupert

    He is playing with two mutes at once. One in the trumpet and one in his hand. With the mutes in he sounds more nasal, but in a good sort of way. When he has the mutes out he sounds more full and very bright in the upper register. He moves his fingers slowly sometimes to make the notes bend and sound more jazzy.

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