Chief and Frank


The great bass trombonist Bill Reichenbach wrote this beautiful tribute to two of his great influences: Emory Remington and Frank Rosolino.

Bill graduated from Eastman having studied with the great Emory Remington (the “Chief” as he was known) who taught there for nearly 50 years. As a jazz player, Bill also greatly admired fellow west coast great Frank Rosolino.

This moving tribute is written for five tenor trombones and a bass trombone. Mid-way through the piece, a jazz solo is written out for two trombones as well as chord changes.

The a cappella trombone arrangement can be purchased from McGinty Music. I took the liberty of sound designing around the trombones and improvising over the chord changes rather than reading the written parts, and adding an intro that I think sets the stage for this outstanding tribute to two incredibly influential trombone giants.


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