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Postby TonyZ » Tue Jun 06, 2006 12:28 am

There is a tuba solo in that tune. Who plays it???
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Re: What the World Needs Now

Postby snorlax » Tue Jun 06, 2006 11:04 am

TonyZ wrote:There is a tuba solo in that tune. Who plays it???


Hiya, Tony!!

I believe it's a euphonium. Dave Pell produced that record--I asked him who it was and he was unable to recall who it was but was pretty sure it was a euph--he has produced so many zillion records that they all blend together, as you can imagine...
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Postby TonyZ » Tue Jun 06, 2006 9:51 pm

Thanks, Jim

I thought that might be the case. Still, if anyone knows....

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Re: What the World Needs Now

Postby Teubonium » Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:44 pm

snorlax wrote:
TonyZ wrote:There is a tuba solo in that tune. Who plays it???


Hiya, Tony!!

I believe it's a euphonium. Dave Pell produced that record--I asked him who it was and he was unable to recall who it was but was pretty sure it was a euph--Jim



Nope, definately a tuba!!




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Postby dwerden » Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:04 pm

I have listened to it probably a hundred times (over many years - I DO have a life, really) and I'm pretty sure it is a euphonium. The mic placement is a little funny, so it's hard to tell from the tone if it is a real euphonium player (which I think it is) or a doubler. But the sound of the few slurs in it seem to place it in the overtone series of a euphonium.

Let's solve this once and for all - will the tuba or euphonium player who played this please raise your hand?!
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Postby snorlax » Fri Jun 09, 2006 11:07 pm

dwerden wrote:I have listened to it probably a hundred times (over many years - I DO have a life, really) and I'm pretty sure it is a euphonium. The mic placement is a little funny, so it's hard to tell from the tone if it is a real euphonium player (which I think it is) or a doubler. But the sound of the few slurs in it seem to place it in the overtone series of a euphonium.

Let's solve this once and for all - will the tuba or euphonium player who played this please raise your hand?!


As I say, I had a conversation with the producer of the record, Dave Pell. He simply couldn't remember who, but was "almost 100% sure" it was euph, and yeah, the mike seems to be stuffed down the bell IIRC. It's in the key of D, again IIRC, which would make the first note a B. I can ask Dave again, but he's "that much older" now and probably doesn't want to go through the session log :) Shall I ask him again??

So, whoever you are, sign in, please!!
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Postby LoyalTubist » Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:42 pm

Tommy Johnson told me he played on the recording (this was about 33 years ago he told me this) but he didn't say whether he played tuba or euphonium. So the answer is Tommy Johnson for who. Now the only question is, what was the instrument he played?
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Re: What the World Needs Now

Postby David Richoux » Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:37 pm

On a similar or better note - listen to this unknown tubist! http://youtu.be/mwPPo1gzrAU

(From Jonathan Dorn's collection of tuba feature recordings he has been posting to Facebook.)
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Re: What the World Needs Now

Postby Dylan King » Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:28 pm

Sounds like Tommy on his Alexander Bb rotary euphonium.
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Re: What the World Needs Now

Postby daveinem » Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:14 pm

To me it always sounded funny- not a tuba or a euph.
My personal theory (before I heard about Tommy Johnson) was that it was a flugel horn recorded at twice the speed and slowed down. But then the flugel player would have to have played in tune...
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Re: What the World Needs Now

Postby TonyZ » Mon Aug 24, 2015 3:29 pm

Question FINALLY answered in the most recent ITEA journal. It was Don Waldrop on euphonium!
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Re: What the World Needs Now

Postby snorlax » Mon Aug 24, 2015 3:40 pm

TonyZ wrote:Question FINALLY answered in the most recent ITEA journal. It was Don Waldrop on euphonium!

Wow...you really dug this thread out of the dust!! :) Only 8 or 9 years!!
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Re: What the World Needs Now

Postby The Big Ben » Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:24 pm

TonyZ wrote:Question FINALLY answered in the most recent ITEA journal. It was Don Waldrop on euphonium!


Talk about waiting for the answer! This is the Dionne Warwick version, correct? Thinking back on the song (it has been years since I have heard it), the euph. sound works quite well in that situation.
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Re: What the World Needs Now

Postby dwerden » Tue Aug 25, 2015 6:47 am

The original was sung by Jackie Deshannon.
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Re: What the World Needs Now

Postby enhite » Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:24 pm

The Dionne Warwick version used french horns. Horrors! :wink:
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