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Exquisite: The Artistry of Malcolm McNab

by Malcolm McNab

Virtuoso music for trumpet by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Bruce Broughton, and Frank Zappa
Genre: Classical: Bach
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra: I.
19:28 album only
2. Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra: II.
4:57 album only
3. Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra: III.
10:20 album only
4. Concerto for 2 Trumpets: I.
3:58 $0.99
5. Concerto for 2 Trumpets: II.
5:24 $0.99
6. Concerto for 2 Trumpets: III.
5:17 $0.99
7. Saloon Music for Cornet & Pit Orchestra-Overture
2:28 $0.99
8. Saloon Music for Cornet & Pit Orchestra-Air Varie
3:29 $0.99
9. Saloon Music for Cornet & Pit Orchestra-Sentimental So
3:27 $0.99
10. Saloon Music for Cornet & Pit Orchestra-Finale
2:13 $0.99
11. Zappa-BeBop Tango
6:20 $0.99
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Album Notes

After over 35 years of being Hollywood's premiere first call studio trumpet player, Malcolm McNab has recorded his long overdue debut solo CD -EXQUISITE. While billions of people in this world have heard the beautiful sound of his trumpet on nearly 2,000 motion picture and television scores, including Dances with Wolves, LA Confidential, and The Last Castle, very few know his name. Now the time has come for Malcolm McNab to share his artistry as a world-class virtuoso musician. The world can finally put a name and a face to one of the most recorded trumpet sounds of our time.

EXQUISITE is a revolutionary and magnificent recording featuring music of Tchaikovsky, Bach, Zappa, and Broughton. Accompanied by the Altadena Pro Musica under the direction of producer/engineer/conductor Gary Grant, Malcolm performs the Violin Concerto of Tchaikovsky, the Concerto for 2 Violins by Bach in D minor, Frank Zappa';s BeBop Tango, and the only music commissioned especially for this CD - Bruce Broughton's Saloon Music for Bb Cornet and Pit Orchestra, conducted by the composer.

This CD is beautifully packaged in a hard cover along with a 35-page enclosed booklet, complete with "behind-the-scenes" photos and detailed liner notes for each piece and movement by the artist, Malcolm McNab - plus a personal letter from the producer, Gary Grant.


JERRY GOLDSMITH - "He's my principal first trumpet in everything I do..."

JOHN WILLIAMS - "In Los Angeles we have Malcolm McNab, who is brilliant!"

AARON COPLAND - "You play the trumpet like few - very few!" (1974)

RANDY BRECKER - "EXQUISITE is simply exquisite and amazing!"

SERGEI NAKARIAKOV - "Malcolm McNab shows real mastery of the trumpet and plays one of the most difficult violin concertos!"

TIMOFEI DOKSHIZER - "I had two interesting meetings with the premiere soloist of the Hollywood orchestras, Mr. Malcolm McNab. This phenomenal trumpeter played the Violin Concerto of Tchaikovsky using the original, without any variations for easier facility."

ARTURO SANDOVAL - "I admire and respect you a LOT!!!!! You are one of a kind, our friendship is sincere and I'm very proud to say it all the time every where I go....."

BOBBY SHEW - "EVERY trumpet player on the planet needs to get this CD."


MALCOLM MCNAB started playing trumpet when he was nine years old with his father, Boyd McNab, as his first teacher. The young McNab won a PTA scholarship which allowed him to take trumpet lessons from Walter Laursen, noted Pasadena teacher and musician. Laursen made it possible for McNab to play trumpet in the Pasadena Symphony at age 16.

McNab started studying at the age of 19 with James Stamp, a relationship that continued thereafter for many years. After touring with the San Francisco Ballet and an army stint with the West Point Band, he studied privately with William Vacchiano and John Ware, both of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He then toured the state of Maine for a year with a brass quintet. Returning to the Los Angeles area in 1969, McNab began his successful career as a studio musician and performer with symphony, ballet and theater orchestras.

Solo appearances include the California Chamber Symphony, Denver Symphony, Los Angeles Pops, Hollywood Bowl, San Diego Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, and the Pasadena Pops. Two-time winner of the Most Valuable Player Award of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, McNab has appeared on numerous records with major recording artists from 1970 to the present. These include concert groups such as the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra, L.A. Chamber Orchestra, N.Y. City Opera; popular artists such as Dionne Warwick, Frank Zappa, Peggy Lee, Chicago, Singers Unlimited, and The Carpenters. He can be heard on the Olympic recordings of 1984,1988,and 1992.

His television experience includes playing in the Academy Awards, Grammy, and Emmy Awards orchestras for many years; performing on the title tracks of the major network news themes; and solo performances on such TV shows as "Deep Space Nine", "Highway to Heaven", and "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman".

McNab's motion picture soundtrack credits number over 1,500 from 1970 to the present and include: E.T., Jaws, Scrooged, Cocoon: The Return, Coming to America, Indiana Jones, The Final Chapter,Star Trek (1 thru 6), The Package, Karate Kid III, The Little Mermaid, Field of Dreams, Glory, War of the Roses, Always, Hard to Kill, Night Breed, Pretty Woman, Dick Tracy, Home Alone, Edward Scissorhands, Bonfire of the Vanities, Misery, Hook, Beauty & the Beast, Final Analysis, Rocketeer, Sleepwalkers, Robin Hood, Jurassic Park, Wyatt Earp, Maverick, Outbreak, First Knight, Congo, Batman Forever, Under Siege 2, Waterworld, The Net, My Fellow Americans, Space Jam, Toy Story, James and the Giant Peach, First Wives Club, Mars Attacks, 101 Dalmations, Dante's Peak, Liar,LIar, Lost World, Men in Black, Speed 2, Batman and Robin, My Best Friend's Wedding, and Hercules.

His solo trumpet can be heard on such soundtracks as: Dances with Wolves, The Gambler, Avalon, Crimson Tide, City Hall, In Country, Twister, Executive Decision, Independence Day, Con Air, Air Force One, The Postman, U.S.Marshalls, Renaissance Man, Toys, and L.A. Confidential.

Teaching experience at the college level includes positions at U.C.L.A., Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, Pomona College and at the Claremont Music Festival. His students have gone into such orchestras as the Houston Symphony and the Boston Pops Orchestra. In addition he has lectured at the International Trumpet Guild and the New York Brass Conference.

For more information, credits, articles, and frequent updates on the life and career of Malcolm McNab, please visit Malcolm's official web site at http://www.malcolmmcnab.com.

Also See....

Sheet Music on the Bach and Tchaikovsky at the Malcolm's Online Store at http://www.malcolmmcnab.com/store/


To read a letter by Arturo Sandoval, please visit:

To read a review by Bobby Shew, please visit:

To read a review by Rob Roy McGregor, please visit:

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Asher Hockett

Totally beyond what I expected, this album breaks ground and opens up a whole new world of repertoire for the trumpet player. That is, if the player is Malcom McNab. Exquisite is exceptional, and I look forward to more forays into compositions previously out of reach for his instrument. McNab, deftly and delicately, and without pyrotechnics, shows us just what true musicianship and a lot of work can accomplish. If it was an LP record, my copy would be worn out already.

Mark D'Angelo

Well all I can say is amazing! I am a professional trumpet player and Malcolm has been one of my favorites for a while with his film scores. This solo disc just solidifies what I already suspected. He has no limitations and is an artist on a level i didn't think possible. I played this for some of my other colleagues who were also blown away. BUY THIS!

Robert Pulliam

Well, that's certainly a title you'd expect from a trumpet player! .laff!

But it's accurate. Dang. I imagine many of those interested in the album are brass players and already get it, but non trumpeters should know what an achievement that Tchaikovsky concerto is. The whole album is excellent but that Tchaikovsky is "The main event". It's long been one of my favorite pieces of music to listen to. Of course the lore is this was initially declared too difficult to play on *violin* by the best players of Tchaikovsky's time, never imagined I'd hear someone attempt it on trumpet.

But just attempting it wouldn't be enough, it would only work if it was done really well. If done just "okay" it would be a dent on the prestige of the instrument, not to mention the rep of a player who tried it but fell short. But Malcolm really makes it beautiful - IMO his performance stands up to those of the great violinists who've done it over the years. And it seems to me he's done something important beyond ego gratification of demonstrating he's a great player - in the tradition of players such as Clarke, Mendez, Severinsen, Vizzutti, Ferguson, Andre, etc., I believe what's been done here is that the concept of what can be done with the trumpet has been expanded.

Howard R. Macy

This is the most astonishing trumpet playing I have ever heard! McNabb's tone, amazing technical skill, versatility, musicality, and flat-out chops are unsurpassed and, I'm sure, rarely matched. Great disc. WOW!


This is an amazing CD. I love it!!! At this point Im addicted to it. and enjoy it sooo much!!! Thank you Mr. McNab....it is just what I needed.

R. Hawes

The title just starts to begin to describe the sounds on this cd. The idea of a transcription of the Tchaikovsky for trumpet in the first place seems absurd until you hear it. I even found a few violinists who were impressed with it. Mr. McNabs' musicality is evident throughout the recording and I personally loved the Zappa!
His sound is so warm and expressive. I wish Mr. McNab a long career, and hope that he releases another solo cd soon!

Sparky Koerner

This CD was recommeded to me by a friend in California and he was right this is some wonderful trumpet playing. I was familiar with Malcom's playing in films and TV but this is a CD all trumpet players need to listen to and own. Glad I bought it.

lou in vegas

we put it on after reheasal on the geezers big band-lifers from airmen of note,renegades from herman/miller/dorsey/duchin, and all heroes of the relief band days on the strip-and all still playing as much as they can.
you knocked us all out. everyone loved it and some were astonished, amazed and in disbelief. this is great music-the lines soar, and roar, and that horn brings new ebullience and laughter and joy to the tunes...tchaikovski must be very happy, wherever he is...
we are grateful for the inspiration-as the guy in scotland said "a mans reach should exceed his grasp...else whats a heaven for?" the kids at the school all flipped over this-and they had been watching the youtube
clips of andre/marsalis/mendez etc.
your "violin song" is their favorite...and they work harder and play prettier for aspiring to emulate your musicality, sound, and effortless execution. cool, man,cool.
i gotta go buy some valve oil,and crank the metronome,thanks, malcom.

michael uhler

I was fortunate enough to study with Malcolm at UCLA. I am still applying the wonderful lessons of this great trumpet master. The CD is beyond words though. You have to hear it for yourself!

gary dailey

Used to play trumpet with Maynard, Buddy Rich and Lin Biviano...now I teach, and when my kids work hard and graduate I always give them dvd's and cd's of the "greats"...Malcolm's cd is now and forever in that group of gifts to students so that they will always enjoy another member of the "greatest trumpet players club"...thank you for recording this! When students ae exposed to the best they will appreciate great artistry for a lifetime! Do some more!
And please add a dvd so younger students can see you work...it's a video age for them so "hook 'em"!
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