Donald Knaub, bass trombone, Rex Woods, piano
Includes works by:
*Gordon Jacob: Cameos
*Frigyes Hidas: Rhapsody
*Gustav Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)
*Samuel Adler: Canto II
*Donald Grantham: Sonata in One Movement
"SOUND WAVES was an LP recording released in 1983. This CD is a reissue of that recording with the addition of Samuel Adler’s Canto II from Donald Knaub’s recording on Golden Crest Records.
Eric Church stated in his review of the LP in the October 1984 Journal that “Donald
Knaub performs superbly on this album. He handles all aspects of solo trombone playing with
consummate taste and skill. Attacks are never forced; legato playing and breath control help
shape phrases to musical ends. His tone seems well suited to chamber and recital performance
with a gentle, narrow vibrato at times that helps color the tone effectively. No change of tone
quality intrudes when he plays in the trigger register.”
Gordon Jacob’s very English style, Hidas’s clearly structured Rhapsody, the colorful sound of Mahler’s songs, Adler’s “four movements . . . based on the same tone row,” and Donald Grantham’s contrasting “lyric” and “aggressive” passages in the Sonata in One Movement all offer a nicely varied 54 minutes and 51 seconds of listening.
Rex Wood’s accompaniment is excellent. Knaub’s program notes offer a very effective insight to the compositions."
-- Edward R. Bahr (Delta State University)