All My Friends Are Trombone Players
Leader: Tommy Pederson
Trombones: Dick Nash, Lloyd Ulyate, Dick Noel, Hoyt Bohannon, Tommy Shepard
Bass Trombone: George Roberts
Tuba: John Bambridge, Sr.
Booth Consultant: Billy May
*All music arrangements by Tommy Pederson
SOUTH RAMPART STREET PARADE: Get Ready! Set! GO!! And that’s about all you need. Just sit back and enjoy this lovable old lung buster. It’s all downhill from start to finish, and Hoyt Bohannon gives us the only jazz chorus in the album.
OLD MAN RIVER: Just imagine a quiet, lazy, misty morning -- the ‘Old Man’ yawning and stretching, preparing to roll on his long journey. As the day wears on and the sun rises higher, so does Old Man River, until the mounting momentum pushes the Old Man to a grand and swirling climax. A goose-bump delight.
JOSEPHINE (Featuring the Misplaced, Muffled, Mouthpiece Bit): Here he is folks, the world’s greatest bass trombone player, George Roberts. Romping through the first chorus, George is followed by an interlude in which the hand claps suddenly overpowered the aforementioned “Misplaced, Muffled, Mouthpiece”. Hoyt Bohannon’s 1st trombone leads my friends over a slippery second chorus.
BOSCO ROSCO: Sort of a modern day cake walk, the title comes from a horse -- yep! -- a genuine harness racing horse, named (what else) ‘Bosco Rosco’. Oh yes, and a winner too.
SHE HAS GONE: Now to enjoy a tune like this, it first takes a little emotional preparation; i.e., a bottle of your favorite vintage and a nice lonely corner of the room. Now, turn the lights down low and start the music. Stretch out, sip up, and listen as the strident introduction fades into our first soloist. Sort of gives one that ‘She has Gone’ feeling, hmm? Dick Noel, Tommy Shepard, Lloyd Ulyate.
MEXICAN MONDAY: Fiesta, Siesta, and a Piñata Party. Hold on to your sombrero and join in the fun. With each activity representing a new theme, my friends take you over the border -- and -- well, you’ll just have to get back on your own.
ALL THE LITTLE GIRLS: What’s so great about ‘All the little Girls’, you say? Well for one thing, they grow up to become ‘All the big Girls’. Let Tommy Shepard, Dick Noel, and Lloyd Ulyate explain it to you.
FARM GIRL: A musical portrait of someone I knew long ago, this ‘Farm Girl’; young and beautiful, with teeth that sparkled, and eyes of green -- long flowing red hair, and legs -- legs that were paralyzed from the waist down. She was a victim of polio. But wait, this is not an unhappy tale. Her crutches obeyed her every command, and her smile -- and her spirit; -- she was very lovely. Beautiful brush strokes by Dick Nash and Lloyd Ulyate.
I’VE BEEN WORKING ON THE TROMBONE: I’m sure that everyone will recognize this famous old folk song -- and the title is true; for years and years and years. See if you can get your friends to play this one.
WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE: The rhythmic pattern of bass trombone and tuba set the scene for this fine old standard. Dick Nash and Dick Noel share first chorus solos, then as the rhythmic pattern grows, the boys really dig in.
HAWAIIAN WEDDING SONG: Just grab a pineapple, slowly sink down in an easy chair, and turn on the music. Let Dick Nash and Lloyd Ulyate carry you across the Pacific as the rest of the boys make like steel guitars.
SEVENTY SIX TROMBONES: A must for all trombone albums, and besides I know Meredith Willson, even if he does call me ‘Pete’. The great man’s tune begins with a bombastic introduction followed by just two trombones, but don’t let it fool you - my friends gradually join in to what becomes a fitting tribute to the composer.
“I wouldn’t want anyone to think that ALL of Tommy Pederson’s friends are trombone players, since he is known and loved by trumpet players, saxophone players, some drummers, a few violinists, and even a pedestrian or two, but to us, he is the complete musician; -- a fantastic trombone player and a serious student of composition, having been playing, writing, and studying since he was four years old. Prior to that, he was a complete wastrel.
It is expected of musicians in our line of work to excel in every field be it classical, or all forms of ‘pop’ including jazz, and you can take my word for it; Tommy Pederson is way up at the top. Before forming his own orchestra, Tommy was featured with such big bands as: Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnett, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Woody Herman. To name his credits such as T.V. guest appearances, recordings and movies, would be too numerous to mention, so let me just say as friend to friend -- Tommy Pederson is”.