Three Sides for trumpet/flügelhorn, vibraphone and piano was written in 2010 for Raymond Mase, a prominent New York trumpeter. Three Sides, presented in three movements, is an amalgam of pointillism and lyricism. In addition, to add to the sound palette, the trumpet uses a metal straight mute to add bite to louder, more heavily articulated sections and silvery lines to lyrical passages. Also, the 2nd Movement is played entirely on the flügelhorn, which adds a warmer more intimate quality to the texture. This is accentuated by the vibraphone bowing the soundbars which creates beautiful, sustained pitches.
Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ; Donald Batchelder, October 23, 2015
Redunner Music (David Sampson)
Chesapeake: The Music of David Sampson, Raymond Mase, trumpet/flügelhorn; James Baker, vibraphone; Steven Beck, piano; Summit Records DCD 639
David Sampson (2010)
Total Running Time: 13:57