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The Occasional Clam

by Ed Anderson

Former Cleveland Orchestra bass trombonist in live performances from Indiana University, playing music by Mahler, Spillman, and Dave Anderson, principal bassist, Louisiana Philharmonic.
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1. Greek Prelude #1
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2. Greek Prelude #2
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3. Greek Prelude #3
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4. Elegy
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5. Nun seh ich wohl
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6. Liebst du um Schonheit
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7. Urlicht
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8. Concerto for Bass Trombone & Orch
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9. Concerto (continued)
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Album Notes
Ed Anderson, Cleveland Orchestra bass trombonist (1964-85) and member of the Indiana University School of Music faculty, has also performed with the orchestras of Chicago, Boston, New York, Louisville, New Orleans, Buffalo, St. Louis, and Cincinnati, among others. In this album, he explores the solo literature for his instrument, including new works by his son, composer and Louisiana Philharmonic double bassist David Anderson.
The "Three Greek Preludes," by Robert Spillman, were chosen for the contrast in moods that they present, offering material that is lyric, forceful, and virtuosic.
"Elegy for Van," by Dave Anderson, is a remembrance of Lewis Van Haney, legendary trombonist with the New York Philharmonic, and Ed Anderson's former teacher.
Writing about his arrangements of "Three Songs" by Gustav Mahler, for solo bass trombone, brass choir, and harp, Dave Anderson writes: "Many instrumental musicians-trombonists, in particular-have recognized the protential of these songs and performed them as solo pieces." He describes them as having an unearthly beauty and lyricism. Assisting in this performance were Bernard Adelstein, trumpet; Catherine Anderson, harp; Dave Borsvold, tuba; and the IU Trombone Choir, Keith Brown conducting.
In his "Concerto for Bass Trombone, Strings, and Piano," Dave Anderson's writing reflects his orchestral experience and his appreciation for the traditional role of the brass within an orchestra. Sometimes in this concerto, the bass trombone voice is strictly soloistic; at other times it blends into the orchestral texture. In this performance, Keith Brown conducts the orchestra. A piano reduction of the concerto is now available.
Reviewing the premiere perfomance of the "Concerto for Bass Trombone, Strings, and Piano," reviewer Peter Jacoby wrote that the soloist "played a difficult score very well. It's a score that gives the soloist sufficient space and opportunity to show his dexterity. And to show his sensitivity to subtleties . . ."
Dave Anderson has written many compositions for his own instrument, including the "Concerto for Double Bass, Strings, and Harp," commissioned and premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra. His "Quintet" for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and double bass has been recorded by the Kentucky Center Chamber Players on a Centaur label.



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Joe Stanko

A must-have recording for any serious musician.
This is a terrific recording of live performances. Not only are there new pieces and arrangements, but the playing of Ed Anderson stands as a model of bass trombone sound. The concerto by Dave Anderson is sure to have many performances and is a great addition to the repertoire. This CD should be listened to by all serious musicians, not just trombonists.

Charles Couch

Excellent performances of worthwhile literature by a master trombonist.
The playing of bass trombonist Ed Anderson,together with tubist Ronald Bishop, made the low brass one of the glories of The Cleveland Orchestra. This recording, taken from live performances at Indiana University, demonstrate that his artistry continued to flower during his years on the faculty there. Moreover his son, David Anderson, has developed into a fine composer who has supplied his father with two works heard on this CD. The supporting cast, consisting of student ensembles and IU faculty, is excellent throughout. While this album will be enjoyed by anyone, brass and woodwind players will be especially appreciative of Ed's pure tone and intonation, his breath control, and his ability to make the technical difficulties of wrestling with yards of brass disappear into committed music making. Highly recommended.
Charles Couch, retired assistant principal trumpet, The Cleveland Orchestra.

Ben van Dijk

Great playing of great Music. Bravo!
Just received a copy of The Occasional Clam.
It is a great CD with Mr. Ed Anderson playing mostly music, either composed or arranged by his son David Anderson.

I only new Mr. Anderson from some of the recordings I have of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. Romeo and Juliet by Prokofjev and Mahler 6 come to my mind. Great playing on these recordings by this gentleman.

This new CD shows him as soloist of a very high level.
Great sound, intonation and musical sense make this CD a must to have for every bass trombonist or musician in general.

I love the work his David has done.

His composition, "Elegy for Van," and "Three Songs" by Gustav Mahler, arranged for solo bass trombone, brass choir, and harp, are very well done and super played.

His "Concerto for Double Bass, Strings, and Harp," is really a nice work and a piece I hope to play one day with orchestra. It suits the bass trombone very well.
I am going to buy it for sure!

My compliments for both father and son for a great project!!!
(bravo for your tuba-playing David Borsvold.)

Jim Bermann

The Occasional Clam
I always thought Ed Anderson was one of, if not the finest orchestral bass trombonist there ever was. He and his tuba section mate Ron Bishop in
the Cleveland Orchestra set the standard in the
business. What a sound! What Ed has done here is
as amazing as it may seem, taken that a step further by showcasing his big, beautiful sound
and musicianship in this collection of solo
literature. A pleasure to listen to over and over again!