Hug for my Brother was written by a good friend and great pianist/composer Richard Kimball. We recorded this in Richard’s Warwick, NY studio back in the summer of 2000.

Soon after moving to Warwick I was introduced to Richard. We quickly realized that we had many things in common such as our love of jazz and each owning a home recording studio – and a Steinway grand, even though his was the great nine foot variety, mine being a mere six.

Richard is a prolific writer and I had the great privilege of performing and recording in a few of his live and studio projects. At the time, I had a massive road recording rig that I would bring to his home and concert venues to capture the performance and then mix and master back in my facilities.

Hug For My Brother was a tune written for a good friend of Richard’s that we thought would make for a fun duet. If you are ever in New York looking for a great dining experience go to the Rive Cafe and you just might hear Richard playing the piano as he’s done since the 1970’s.

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I really like this interesting and well-disposed book. So many good thoughts, facts and tips on alto trombone. Good guidance for the searching alto souls out there. A must-have for the shelves.

– Håkan Björkman, Principal Trombone at Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

I highly recommend Alto Trombone Savvy for players around the world wanting advice on handling the alto trombone at the highest level. Classical and jazz players both share the same challenges, and it’s great to have this book in either bass or alto clef to help answer some of those challenges.

– Carsten Svanberg, International Trombone Soloist and Professor of Trombone at the University of Music and Arts Graz

For anyone interested in learning to play the alto trombone, whether for classical or jazz, this book is a must. Clearly written, with excellent exercises and links to audio examples, Michael Lake has provided the trombone world with a wonderful new resource.

– Ralph Sauer, Former Principal Trombone, Los Angeles Philharmonic

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