Sweet Jungle Lullaby


One of the handful of albums that that shaped my view of music was the debut album of Deep Forest. Labeled as ethno-introspective ambient world music, Deep Forest sampled the singing and sounds of rain forest people and used state-of-the-art studio technologies to create a new type of contemporary electronic music. (Their absence of utilizing alto trombone must have just been an oversight!)

The big hit off that album was Sweet Lullaby. This song is based off that melody, but the reharmonization and other significant liberties I took with the song I felt were justification for me to modify the title slightly. 

True to what I enjoy composing is a musical story that weaves this iconic melody through the sounds and rhythms of far away lands and imagined people. Quoting the spoken words of the deep resounding voice at the very start of the Deep Forest Album, “Somewhere deep in the jungle are living some little men and women. They are our past. And maybe… they are our future.”


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Being familiar with the great alto trombone playing of Michael Lake, I can attest that his words of wisdom don’t come from a theoretician, but from a remarkably  accomplished artist. I highly recommend this great book!!”

– Cristian Ganicenco, Principal Trombone, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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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