Most of the entries here either point out someone`s favorite player (understandable since we all have our tastes); or they point out that musical styles being so different, it`s really hard to pin down one guy as "the best" overall (which I mostly agree with). However, Maurice Andre has produced some of the absolute best classical recordings (compare him and Wynton on a classical fav like Hummel or Haydn) as well as being able to command the stratosphere in a jazz setting (Hot Canary or Good Night Mr. Johnny) -- I just don`t think that anyone before or since has had such complete command of the instrument as he does. And just in case you have any doubt, watch the clips of his Hummel on trumpetstuff.com -- he appears to exert no effort at all while nailing this piece. That says a lot to me, and I think he`s the #1 guy all-around.
Best players cont... 01:03 on Tuesday, June 28, 2005
After reading more of the posts on here, I have to say trying to pick the best player is like trying to pick the best restaurant...there are just too many variables in style and preference to pick only one. Tone, range, technique, they all play a part and and it seems like a lot of the guys mentioned here are sort of one-dimensional. I still say M. Andre had the best combination.
As far as the best collection of trumpet players, you have to admit that the Tonight Show Band (Carson`s group, not the current ensemble) was just stuffed with talent: Doc, Snooky, Conte Condoli, Vizzutti, Jon Audino...I mean, that`s just a sick lineup.
Re: Who is the best Trumpet player now?? 18:55 on Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Maynard was a great influence on me and I think was THE pioneer of high note lead playing. Check out "infinity promenade" a very old recording... Arturo is great but Maynard is getting on and like Frank Sinatra (in his later years) was not on top performance. Just remember Maynard with his accurate high not pitching in his prime ! A hard act to follow
When will this thread ever die? 22:18 on Tuesday, July 19, 2005
There is no universal "BEST" sure there are great players like Armstrong, Fergusen, Vizzutti, severinsen, botti, anderson, sandoval, faddis, miles, biviano, brisbols, shepherd, manley, marsalis, ect. But these players all have talent in their own way. They all have their own styles and skills and emotions they put in their playing, you cannot judge them against eachother, they are all the best