Ten years after the release of the landmark Absolute Trombone CD, Hip-BoneMusic proudly presents Absolute Trombone II: New York, Los Angeles, London. Includes all new original compositions for solo trombone, trombone duet, quartet, sextet, octet and tentet.
Featuring performances by the finest trombone players from New York, Los Angeles, and London: Slide Hampton, Bill Reichenbach, Mark Nightingale, Conrad Herwig, Bob McChesney, Andy Wood, John Fedchock, Charlie Loper, Adrian Hallowell, Steve Davis, Andy Martin, Barnaby Dickinson, Birch Johnson, Bill Booth, Liam Kirkman, Michael Davis, John Alred, Alex Iles, Ian Moffat, George Flynn, Steve Holtman, Andy Waddicor, Mike Boschen, Dan Gordon, Douglas Purviance, Randy Andos, Keith O-Quinn, Larry Farrell, and Jeff Nelson. Composed, arranged and produced by Michael Davis.
Trombonist-composer Michael Davis does it all. Hailed as one of today’s premierinstrumentalists, he has established himself as a first-call sideman, both in the studioand on the concert stage, for the entertainment world’s biggest stars, including theRolling Stones, Frank Sinatra,Tony Bennett,Nelly, Bob Dylan and Michael Jackson.In the field of music education, he has served as a clinician around the world, whilealso authoring a number of highly esteemed instructional books and band arrangements for musicians of all ages and abilities.
For the past ten years Davis has been forging ahead as an entrepreneur, withHip-Bone Music, a growing business that presently handles his publishing activitiesand work as a recording artist. Dedicated to increasing the popularity and statureof brass instruments and emphasizing “how hip, cool and fun it is to play music,”Hip-Bone Music is set on expanding its educational focus and becoming a viableavenue for other brass artists.
A native of San Jose, California, Davis received his musical training at theprestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Upon graduation hehooked up with the Buddy Rich Band for a two-year stint that brought an immeasurableamount of bandstand experience and a wealth of professional friendships thatcontinue to this day. He settled in Manhattan in the mid-1980s and before long wasbeing regarded as one of the top trombonists around. As testimony to his versatility andwide regard, the list of jazz and pop luminaries he has worked with over the years readslike a who’s who: Sarah Vaughan, Sting, Harry Connick, Jr., David Sanborn, Beck,Branford Marsalis,Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett,Terence Blanchard,Bob Mintzer and scores of others.
A multiple recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts,Davis maintains his own jazz groups and projects as well. Through Hip-Bone Music,Davis has documented his efforts on five solo CDs—Trumpets Eleven, a showcase for11 virtuosic trumpet masters; New Brass, a melding of jazz and classical brass styles;Brass Nation, a gathering together of fifty-five of the world’s greatest brass players;Bonetown, a pairing of Davis with LA bass trombone maestro Bill Reichenbach; andAbsolute Trombone, yet another musical conclave, this time with eighteen New YorkCity-based trombonists.
Acknowledged by popular musicians, fellow educators and audiences around theworld as an immensely talented musical artist who’s committed to setting the higheststandards possible for both jazz and his instrument, it is no wonder that legendaryRolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was moved to comment, “In this ‘bone-dry’era, it is essential to have Michael Davis around.”