Archive for June, 2007

Chick’ a’ Bone Checkout

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

I know… it’s been a while since I promised a review of Christan Lindberg’s “Chick’ a’ Bone Checkout” for alto, tenor & bass trombone as premiered by Charlie Vernon of the Chicago Symphony. The dust has settled, but I’m still impressed with the freshness and vitality of the composition.

Written as a collaboration between Lindberg and Vernon, “Chick” is a piece that could only have been played by Charlie. It’s a long overdue addition to the trombone repertoire and is so much more than a novelty. Accessible tunes, soaring melodies combined with neat, rhythmic interludes and an excellent orchestration make this an enduring work. Although the standard of playing continues to push the envelope of range and technique, this piece will always be Charlie’s due to the fact that he is one of only a handful of players that offers such a transparent glimpse into his soul.

From the opening double-tongue passage on alto (bass trombonist, CSO, remember!!), to tenor playing that evokes memories of the most expressive players, to his bass playing (still the standard in my book), he does it all! I can only imagine what it would have been like if Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, et al, had ever heard him play. We can dream. Kudos to “C” and “C”!

Slide Service Up and Running

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Griego Mouthpieces is proud announce that, beginning immediately, we will be offering a trombone slide service.

There is nothing worse for a trombonist than a slide that hinders our creativity and musical growth. If there is one thing Christan has taken away from his decade in the business, it’s the fact that we need more quality technicians taking care of our trombone slides. He’s seen all manner of slide abuse and neglect — and not always by the owner. He only trusts a handul of slide technicians throughout the world, Scott Tomaske being one of them.

Scott joins GSI with over two decades of slide work experience. Overseeing Edwards and Getzen slide production, he has amassed a wealth of knowledge that he feels is best used serving the entire trombone community and not just the Edwards/Getzen lines.

How it Works

First, call (262) 949-1924 to schedule an appointment. After setting up a date and time, you will need to ship your slide to us. Upon receipt, Scott will examine the slide and determine the best course of action, at which time we will contact you before beginning any work. You can expect an honest appraisal of the problem.

Our goal is to provide you with the best slide action possible using your instrument’s original components. If that is not possible, some slide tube replacements are possible for certain brands and models.


Slide Tune Up: $100.00
Shipping $9.00
Total: $109.00

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