Amazing Grace
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Beautiful trombone playing combined with a gospel choir offers a new perspective on old favorites.

Megumi Kanda, a native of Tokyo, Japan, began to play the trombone at the age of ten. She continued her studies at the prestigious Toho High School of Music in Tokyo, where she studied with Sumio Miwa, trombonist of the NHK Symphony. She came to the US in 1994, and studied with James DeSano, the principal trombonist of the Cleveland Orchestra, at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is currently principal trombonist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Bruce Stark writes: "This project was truly a pleasure to be part of, owing to the fact that Ms. Kanda is an extraordinary classical musician, at once adventurous, creative, polished and gifted. In these arrangements, I have tried to bring out the natural, expressive qualities of the trombone. Ballads such as Wayfaring Stranger bring out the somber, lyrical voice of the instrument, while Gospel Song Fantasy was intended to display a broad range of expressive capabilities, from fast and technically challenging passages to soaring, robust melodies. In We Shall Overcome and Nearer My God To Thee I wrote trombone trio and quartet passages that Ms. Kanda overdubbed, creating a unique resonance that not only a group of trombones (moreover, a group of Megumi Kanda's!) can achieve. I hope the contrast of Mr. Parris' more traditional arrangements for gospel choir and my less orthodox arrangements of gospel melodies offer a fresh and varied listening of these enduring tunes, while preserving the beauty and depth inherent in the original pieces."
Contents:
Bruce Stark, arranger
What a Friend
Megumi Kanda, trombone, Bruce Stark, piano

Bruce Stark, arranger
We Shall Overcome
Megumi Kanda, trombone, Bruce Stark, piano, percussion

Bruce Stark, arranger
Wayfaring Stranger
Megumi Kanda, trombone, Bruce Stark, piano

Bruce Stark, arranger
How Great Thou Art
Megumi Kanda, trombone, Elizabeth Kanda, piano

Bruce Stark, arranger
Amazing Grace
Megumi Kanda, trombone, Bruce Stark, piano

Bruce Stark, arranger
Nearer My God To Thee
Megumi Kanda, trombone

Bruce Stark, composer
Gospel Song Fantasy
Megumi Kanda, trombone, Bruce Stark, piano

Rev. Alvin Parris, arranger
Go Tell It On the Mountain
Megumi Kanda, trombone, Rochester Community Gospel Choir, Ben Parris, drums, Mike Chiavaro, bass, Rev. Alvin Parris, piano, conductor

Rev. Alvin Parris, arranger
When the Saints go Marching In
Megumi Kanda, trombone, Rochester Community Gospel Choir, Rev. Alvin Parris, piano, conductor

Rev. Alvin Parris, arranger
Just a Closer Walk
Megumi Kanda, trombone, Rochester Community Gospel Choir, Rev. Alvin Parris, piano, conductor

Rev. Alvin Parris, arranger
Down by the Riverside
Megumi Kanda, trombone, Rochester Community Gospel Choir, Rev. Alvin Parris, piano, conductor


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