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07 January 2017

Coming Soon—My very 1st Solo Album!

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So as you may have noticed, there has been very little to no activity updated on my site as of recent years–other than to my Performance Schedule, of course. That is because I have been busy, hard at work on my own very first major solo recording project—soon to be released!

 

The album will be called “My Classical PassioCOVER-CDn”, and has really been like a sort of “Mr Holland’s Opus”, if you will—as it has been almost 40 years in the making for me, the last 2.5 of which were extremely focused with intense preparation. It is comprised of pieces that have deeply affected me along the path of my own musical journey of discovery, on which I continue to travel…and hopefully still grow.

 

Rather than selecting to record typical pieces from within the standard Classical Trumpet repertoire, I specifically chose to use pieces that I felt I actually had something unique, new, or at least different to say on them. I will also warn you that my Classical approach is not necessarily conventionally ‘square’. I have been deeply impacted by the many other types of musical styles in which I have also studied and performed throughout my career, and thus they have undoubtedly tainted, or rather influenced, my sound as well. My philosophy is simple—adopted from the great Duke Ellington—that there are really only 2 types of music: Good and bad. My hope is that you will listen to my record with open-minded ears, give my approach a chance…and find it to be in the former of those 2 categories!

 

There are 4 different sonic variations on the album—designed to keep the ear interested and prevent everything from sounding all the same:

 

1) Trpt & Piano (with maybe some Trumpet &/or Trombone overdubs)

2) Trumpet, Piano, & Voice

3) multi-Trumpets unaccompanied (with maybe some Trombone too)

4) solo Trumpet

 

I played ALL the horns (trumpets, flugelhorns, cornets, and trombones) on this album, and unless otherwise indicated, I also arranged all the music, and programed all the sound effects. I was honored to have been accompanied by a world-class pianist—Svetlana Gorokhovich, and soprano vocalist Jeanette Spoor.

The album was mainly recorded and pre-mixed over the course of year 2015 at Sweatshop Studios in Katonah NY with Shaul Dover, engineer. It was then re-mixed in 2016 at Dirty Canvas/Needle Down Studios in Mt Kisco NY with Joe Costable, sound engineer—with courtesy of Aaron Accetta. I self-recorded all the multi-trumpet unaccompanied tracks, which were then were mixed separately with engineer-Dino Covelli of Mad Machinery in Ossining NY. The entire project was then mastered in late 2016 at Bimperl Studios in Armonk NY with Joe Costable, engineer—with courtesy of James ‘Jay’ Fallon.

doing some recording with Shaul Dover at Sweatshop Studios

…listening back.

As you will hear, my intended design of the album was to appeal to a wide variety of listeners: complex and intense enough for the actual Classical aficionado—but still light and listener-friendly enough for the majority of ‘regular people’ who probably have much other preferred tastes in music. My goal was to make an album that ANYONE and EVERYONE could enjoy and will want to keep in their frequent listening queue…and not be just a onetime pass through. And the music itself is actually healthy for you; it’s intellectually stimulating—audible ‘brain food’ to fuel your mind and to nourish your soul—not merely just typically dumbed-down mindless ‘entertainment’.

 

I am extremely proud of this album—I went first class all the way on it and spared no expense! With 70+ minutes of music, I think you will find that there is plenty on it for you to musically “digest”. Symbolically from the sun-up of Gottfried Reiche’s Abblasen until the sun-down of Leroy Anderson’s Lullaby, my mind is always busy working on my music. I hope you will enjoy this brief glimpse into My Classical Passion.

–PjB

 

from left: Shaul Dover, Jeanette, Peter, Svetlana

 

BELOW ARE WHAT SOME PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT MY NEW ALBUM!

5 Responses

  1. Peter

    “Dear Pete, I’ve been listening to the CD. It’s on right now. Great work. This is a major achievement and you should be very proud. You’re all over that horn: great sound, great articulation, range, expression, and all done with feeling and respect and love for the music. I like all the tracks, especially West End Blues (you nailed it), Luz-Marilyn, and Trumpeter’s Lullaby. Again, really great trumpet playing. People should hear this. Congratulations!”Bob Arthurs, master Jazz trumpeter and educator

  2. Peter

    “MY CLASSICAL PASSION is a fine example of how the trumpet should be played in that genre. Pete’s articulation and intonation is superb. But, most importantly, is his phrasing and emotions which musicians should strive for but rarely achieve. Bravo!” Joe Battaglia, lead trumpeter and band leader of the JB NY Big Band.

  3. Peter

    “I just had the pleasure of listening to the debut album by Peter J Blume “My Classical Passion”. This is a beautiful piece of work! Peter’s playing is pitch perfect & the musicians accompanying him are as good as they get! This is a great collection of music to have on around the house or in the car! Prepare to be enlightened! Excellent work Peter!”Paul Tuvman, Smooth Jazz pianist and recording artist—whose latest album is entitled “Musically Speaking”

  4. Peter

    “Peter I listened to your CD—very impressive, great sound, beautiful music and excellent playing. What else can I say, except I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it!”Bob Millikan, renowned session lead trumpet player for the likes of such A-list stars as Barbara Streisand, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Diana Ross, Sammy Davis Jr, etc.

  5. Peter

    “Hey Pete, just wanted to know I’ve been listening…Sounds really great! You sound amazing, man! The recording is so clean – the piano, trumpet, tone, mix, etc. Really fine! Your original – ‘Luz-Marilyn’ – takes the ear to new places. Beautifully played!”Frank Squillante, fine Jazz piano soloist–whose latest album is entitled “Take Me There”

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Wunderbar (Rock Ballad) – from The Spitzbuam’s album “Sechs, Bier, und Rockin’ Um-Pah”, © 1997 (Peter on Flugelhorn solo, song & Horn Arrangement) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  1. Wunderbar (Rock Ballad) – from The Spitzbuam’s album “Sechs, Bier, und Rockin’ Um-Pah”, © 1997 (Peter on Flugelhorn solo, song & Horn Arrangement) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  2. Wunderbar (Rock Ballad) – from The Spitzbuam’s album “Sechs, Bier, und Rockin’ Um-Pah”, © 1997 (Peter on Flugelhorn solo, song & Horn Arrangement) – FULL SOLO // Peter J Blume's Songs
  3. Only Wanna Be With You (Hootie & the Blowfish) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 2 Trumpets, 1 Flugelhorn & 1 Trombone) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  4. Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (CCR–performed by Rod Stewart) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2013; Peter on all horns: 2 Trumpets, 1 Trombone & 1 Trumpet solo) // Peter J Blume - Peter J Blume's Songs
  5. Alexander’s Dream (Drew Davidsen) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2013; Peter on all horns: 2 Trpts, 2 Flugelhorns, 1 Trombone & 1 Trpt fill-solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  6. I Don’t Want to Wait (Paula Cole) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2012; Peter on all horns: 2 Trumpets, 1 Trombone & Trombone fill-solo) // Peter J Blume - Peter J Blume's Songs
  7. Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton–performed by Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 1 Trombone, 2 Flugehorns & Trumpet solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  8. As I Lay Me Down (Sophie B Hawkins) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 3 Flugelhorns, 1 Trombone & Trb solo, & Trpt solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  9. Beautiful in My Eyes (Joshua Kadison) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 2 Flugelhorns & Flugel solo, & 2 Trombones) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  10. Believe (Do You Believe in Life After Love) (Cher) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2012; Peter on all horns: 3 Trumpets & 1 Trombone) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  11. Break Away (Kelly Clarkson) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2012; Peter on all horns: 2 Trumpets & 1 Trombone) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  12. Everyday (Phil Collins) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2013; Peter on all horns: 2 Flugelhorns & 2 Trombones) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  13. Going Coastal (Drew Davidsen) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2012; Peter on all horns: 2 Flugehorns, 1 Trombone & Trumpet solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  14. Knocking on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan–performed by ‘Babyface’) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 2 Trpts, 1 Trombone & Trb solo, Flugelhorn solos) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  15. Rhinestone Cowboy (Glen Campbell) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 3 Flugelhorns & 1 Trombone) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  16. Kiss Me (Sixpence None the Richer) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 1 Trombone & 2 Trumpets) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  17. Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2012; Peter on all horns: 2 Flugelhorns, 1 Trombone & Trombone fill-solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  18. Let’s Party! (Matt Kiamie & the Guava Lava’s) demo version (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2012; Peter on all horns: 3 Trumpets, 1 Trombone, & Trpt & Trb Solos) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  19. Trouble (something wasn’t right…) (American Authors) demo version (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2013; Peter on all horns: 2 Trumpets, 2 Flugelhorns & 1 Trombone) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  20. I Cross My Heart (George Strait) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 1 Trombone & 2 Flugelhorns) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  21. Ob-la-di, Ob-lad-da (Beatles remake) – from The Spitzbuam’s album “Sechs, Bier, und Rockin’ Um-Pah” (Peter on Trumpet-including solo, Trombone; song & horn Arrangement–© 2011) *middle horn soli section borrowed from Paul Simon’s song ‘Late in the Evening’–written by Dave Grusin // Peter J Blume's Songs
  22. You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry remake) – from The Spitzbuam; “Sechs, Bier, und Rockin’ Um-Pah” (Peter on Trumpet & horn Arrangement–© 2011) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  23. Summertime (Gershwin tune) – Yuko Uchida & Friends “Soundbridge at the Wainwright House” (live 5/2003) (Peter on Trumpet-including solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  24. Dolphin Dance (Herbie Hancock tune) – Yuko Uchida & Friends “Soundbridge at the Wainwright House” (live 5/2003) (Peter on Trumpet-including solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  25. Come Together (Beatles remake) Yuko Uchida & Friends “Soundbridge at the Wainwright House” (live) (Peter on Trumpet) // Peter J Blume's Songs