This is one of the few covers I’ll release but it is a fitting addition to the Electrik Project. Gerry Pagano and I originally recorded this for the Roads Less Traveled CD shown on the right of this page. Most of the major parts of the arrangement are played by alto trombone with Gerry laying down the driving bass line.

You may remember this music from the film Risky Business with Tom Cruise. Tom was sulking down in his basement while playing with his model train when his new girlfriend, Lana, whispered a question in his ear. “Have you ever made love on a real train?” The music was a brilliant complement to the slow blurred images of the speeding train intermingled with the sexual encounter inside.

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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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