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fishleather jacket

by Tom Ball

Fresh new straight ahead jazz compositions featuring euphonium as the lead instrument. This album is a great collection of swinging, inspired, exciting, original tunes superbly interpreted by seasoned jazz musicians.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. fishleather jacket
4:11 $0.99
2. peter rabbit
5:03 $0.99
3. bluz for t man
5:24 $0.99
4. on second thought
5:19 $0.99
5. with grace
5:28 $0.99
6. the shell game
2:54 $0.99
7. exit 183
4:45 $0.99
8. yeah whatever
5:50 $0.99
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Album Notes

Tom Ball's freshman CD release Fishleather Jacket (produced by Ball and Ben Makinen) is the winner in the Roger Bobo Excellence In Recording Award for best jazz euphonium recording 2006. Winner was announced at the 2006 International Tuba Euphonium Conference (ITEC).

Trombonist, Euphoniumist, Composer, Music Educator

Denver is home to Tom Ball, who is one of only a handful of jazz euphonium players in the world actively recording as a leader or sideman. Ball has been a freelance musician and music educator in Colorado since 1996. He holds degrees in music from the University of Colorado Boulder and Berklee College of Music. He works regularly as a trombonist with several groups in the Denver area and is active in the Denver recording scene. He was a featured artist at the 2005 and 2007 Rocky Mountain Regional Tuba and Euphonium Association Conference and at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference 2006 and 2008. Tom currently appears on more than 10 CD releases and has toured Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and every state in the continental U.S. He has performed with and backed-up many diverse groups and artists including the Pueblo Symphony, Rashid Ali, David S. Ware, Ravi Coltrane, Marion Brown, George Garzone and The Fringe, Manhattan Transfer, Benny Golson, Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch, Nicholas Payton, Eddie Daniels, Dave and Don Grusin, the Tommy Dorsey and The Jimmy Dorsey Bands. Ball has performed at prestigious events and locations including the Blue Note in NYC, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Teluride Jazz Festival, and the Kansas City Jazz and Blues Festival.

"Tom Ball brings very inventive and fresh tunes to the table. His playing creates images of Chuck Mangione and his relaxed character shows through completely."
- Adam Frey, euphonium soloist (

"I really, REALLY, like Tom Ball's new jazz euphonium CD. This is straight-ahead, nailed to the wall main-stream jazz as it should be! Very, VERY, tasty playing with terrific ideas and a great solid euphonium sound. My first thought was this is Gus Mancuso fifty years later!! Grab a copy of this as soon as you can ... you gotta hear it!!!"

R. Winston Morris, Tenn Tech University
Founding member: Modern Jazz Tuba Project



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Ricardo Snedden

fishy aroma
Fishleather Jacket reminds me of the 'ol "smell my finger" kind of thing. Real funky!

Bmakin Music

Whoa Dog!! This disc SMOKES!! FRESH and ORIGINAL, these cats GROOVE HARD!!
Whoa Dog!! This disc SMOKES!! FRESH and ORIGINAL, these CATS GROOVE HARD!! Truely a pleasure to hear fantastic original music being written and performed by today's JAZZ GIANTS. The Latin twist is FUNKY. Ball's ballad, With Grace, is played with more FEELING and TASTE than I've heard from any other contemporary jazz musicians on THE SCENE. This CD will do justice in anyone's collection.

Maximilian H.

Euphonium players->check it out
I always thought euphonium players had to learn trombone to improvise well. This cd is MUSIC to my ears, and it is good to know that people are making REALLY cool music on this so called non-jazz instrument.
I'm a music education-euphonium major at UNT, but I also have always liked the idea of improvised music. After listening to some of your cd clips, I just want to say I really like it! Thanks for putting it out there!


finally beautifull jazz on euphonium
I also play euphonium en like the play alongs whit jazz on the euphonium. This a prove that jazz also can be played on euphonium just like chuck mangione (south american jazz rock).
Go and bring it to the world and start in the netherlands europe. Also other sort of music you can play on a euphonium, be creatif and a new sort of instrument is there in the world of popular music


TGI Euphonium
From all of us who had to learn to play trombone to be in the jazz band - THANK GOD FOR TOM BALL! This proves that the Euphonium is the classiest member of the low brass family.


Very smooth, soulful, mature ideas that come across effortlessly.
This CD is very refreshing to listen to. The tunes are innovative and well executed. Ball has has a great sound that is perfect for jazz and his ideas are smooth, soulful, and mature. The rhythm section is great, well-balanced, and knows exactly what to do and when to do it. This CD should do really well. The music and musicianship is too high quality for it not to do extremely well.

Mr Bob

Very tasty. Smooth, rich, playful and sophisticated.
I first listened to this CD a few weeks ago and have gone back to it time and time again. It is extremely tasty jazz. The Euphonium sound is smoother than a trombone and Tom's talent shine's through. I find it hard to say anything negative about this music. The flavorful percussion, piano and bass blend perfectly. The recording is superb and it changes the whole mood of my office when I put it on (and that's a good thing!)

Jan Ove Mjånes

Very cool with the Euphonium as lead instrument!
I was searching the net for euphonium websites when i found this cd. I ordered it the same night and when it came in the mail after a few days it was even better then I had expected. I am proud to have this in my euphonium cd collection.

David Werden, U. of MN,

Jazz Euphonium As It Should Be Done
A student of mine at the University of Minnesota (himself a fine jazz player) heard Tom Ball first-hand and said that Tom did jazz euphonium the way it should be done. I agree! His style fits the horn perfectly. I love his concept and his ideas. As far as his chosen notes (ad libs) are concerned, he is playing very "tasty" jazz, and I would have enjoyed the same notes coming from a flugel or sax. But he also fits it all elegantly into his solid euphonium sound and style.

The group on this album is wonderful -- very tight rhythm and fine solos by pianist Vlad Girshevich. Eric Thorin (bass) and Ben Makinen (drums/percussion) provide just the right foundation for every song.

All the compositions are by Tom Ball, and I found them fresh and interesting. There was a fine variety of song styles, and each one was a pleasure to hear. Congratulations!

George S

Great CD
Fun to listen to. I'll enjoy it for a long time to come.
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