RE: [RedHotJazz] Re: Frankie Newton
- I would like to offer sincere thanks to Yves for his exhaustive and profound
overview of the work of the wonderful Frankie Newton. I look forward to
future instalments if possible but appreciate the amount of work involved.
There are at least a couple of Newton sites online which offer biographies
and personal reminiscences.
Critically, I like Charles Fox in 'Essential Jazz Records -1'
' Most jazz musicians can contrive to sound either exuberant or melancholy
but rarely within the same solo. Newton, though, was a trumpeter capable of
making sudden shifts, able to justify switching from one emotional stance to
Late lamented Sudhalter in 'Lost Chords' has Frank 'achieving volume and
high register by pressing the mouthpiece into his upper lip. His sound and
execution in the final ensembles of quite a few of his records display the
forced over-percussive attack characteristic of this practice.'
There is indeed sometimes a strained quality in his work and these technical
problems may account for the premature end to his career and his switch to
Flugelhorn and what appears to be bass trumpet. ( There is a photo to be
This also raises the issues of how both 'incorrect' often self-taught
technique, especially in brass players, and high note trumpet syndrome have
moulded the music --- for better or worse.
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