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Postby bloke » Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:50 am

greatk82 wrote:Justin Timberlake....anyone?


sure!...a fellow Memphian...' surely has made more dough than all other Image tuba players combined...participated in a wardrobe malfunction...
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Postby Doc » Sun Mar 04, 2007 1:01 am

richland tuba 01 wrote:I've heard some stuff about him before, and my private teacher seems to think he's the greatest polka style player ever and we listened to something he played before. and those guys before reminded me of him. I haven't heard NEAR enough to say based on my own opinion though. I don't usually search out great polka style tuba players. :oops: You caught me in my inexperience...


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Postby richland tuba 01 » Sun Mar 04, 2007 1:26 am

here ya go, Dorschner fans.

http://home.new.rr.com/trumpetb/
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Postby Arkietuba » Sun Mar 04, 2007 1:34 am

The best solo player I've heard is Pat Sheridan...that guy is crazy...he makes the hardest passages seem effortless and not to mention the musicality in his performance...he is truely the best solo player (but it's so hard to choose just one).
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Postby Udi » Sun Mar 04, 2007 1:48 am

I can't say who's the best tuba player on the planet.
I find inspiration in the way Nat McIntosh plays sousaphone in the context of popular music music. To my ears, he found a very relevant and unique sound pallete and atitude to playing contemporary non classical tuba. He also has fantastic groove.
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Postby eupher61 » Sun Mar 04, 2007 8:36 am

any links or mp3s available of Jim Dorschner? I'm not looking for p2p stuff, just a cut to give a listen. I found a link to the Rainbow Valley Dutchmen albums available, but I'd like to hear something first.
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Postby Wyvern » Sun Mar 04, 2007 8:57 am

I don't think there is one best tuba player on the planet. Different players are better than others in different genres of music. The best soloist would not necessarily be best in an orchestra, while the best in an orchestra would not necessarily be best playing jazz, etc. Also, tastes in what is best vary and when you get to choosing between virtuoso players it is all a matter of taste.

I personally very much like the tone and style of Walter Hilgers from recording I have heard, but I also like many others as well.
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Postby duckskiff » Sun Mar 04, 2007 10:43 am

eupher61 wrote:any links or mp3s available of Jim Dorschner? I'm not looking for p2p stuff, just a cut to give a listen. I found a link to the Rainbow Valley Dutchmen albums available, but I'd like to hear something first.


I don't know of any mp3s offhand, but they do play quite alot here....http://www.wrjqradio.com/
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Postby Doc » Sun Mar 04, 2007 10:44 am

Eupher61,

Check your PM's

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Postby duckskiff » Sun Mar 04, 2007 10:44 am

Doc wrote:
How do you know about Jim Dorschner?

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We've been friends since the early 90's. Wish he could teach me to play like that!
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Postby Doc » Sun Mar 04, 2007 10:53 am

Jim is a freak of a player. I have always admired his playing and find that I'm influenced greatly by him. We got to battle with Rainbow Valley at Gibbon years ago. That was huge fun. That's a great group of guys. Trading licks with Jimmy Dorschner is a challenge, and of course, he was the master. That was never in question. :oops:

Hope he's doing well. Do you know how Ray is doing?

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Postby GC » Sun Mar 04, 2007 3:10 pm

I often wonder if the best is some supergenius player at an obscure college, band, or orchestra in Asia or Europe who we'll never hear of.
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Postby MW215588 » Sun Mar 04, 2007 8:59 pm

I say Gene Pokorny. Hey not many ppl mention this guy but Eugene Dowling is amazing on tuba also.
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Postby the elephant » Sun Mar 04, 2007 9:20 pm

I am still quite partial to Michael Lind. "Best on the Planet"? Dunno. I do not really think that such a person exists. There are many hats to be worn by tubists, and no one that I know of can do all of them. Sure, there is a mean to be expressed here, but . . .

So Michael Lind has the soloist slot in my mind. I really think a LOT of Mike Sanders as an orchestral player as well as a quintet guy. I like Rich Matteson for what he did . . . the list goes on.

There are many greats spread out within all aspects of our field.
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Postby JustinLerma » Mon Mar 05, 2007 3:44 am

I have two favs.

Tommy J.
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Postby SirCharls » Mon Mar 05, 2007 4:47 am

Al Baer
Tommy Johnson
Gene Pokorny
Mike Roylance

All great but in different ways, so there ya go.
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Postby MikeS » Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:21 am

First off, I'm surprised no one has mentioned Velvet Brown. I believe she deserves a spot on anyone's short list.

I'll limit my response to the best playing I've ever heard live. A number of years back I played in a group backing up Steve Sykes as the featured soloist. The performance was in an arena and our "green room" was a hockey locker room. Steve was in a corner warming up. He was playing so quietly you almost had to stick your head in the bell to hear him but every attack was spot on, his tone was gorgeous, and even the scales he played were alive and musical. Steve is a terrific musician, showman, arranger and conductor. He's also a great storyteller. If you ever have a chance to share a plate of curry and a beer with him don't pass it up.
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Postby lgb&dtuba » Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:31 am

MikeS wrote:

I'll limit my response to the best playing I've ever heard live. A number of years back I played in a group backing up Steve Sykes as the featured soloist. The performance was in an arena and our "green room" was a hockey locker room. Steve was in a corner warming up. He was playing so quietly you almost had to stick your head in the bell to hear him but every attack was spot on, his tone was gorgeous, and even the scales he played were alive and musical. Steve is a terrific musician, showman, arranger and conductor. He's also a great storyteller. If you ever have a chance to share a plate of curry and a beer with him don't pass it up.


I second Steve Sykes. A great player, all around nice guy and party animal.

He also saved me a bunch of money by letting me hear him play my old Sanders/Cerveny, thereby proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that it's the player and not the horn that's the biggest factor. I won't be replacing that horn until I can play it as well as he did. I did replace the mouthpiece on his advice, though :-)

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Postby ZNC Dandy » Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:15 am

Neptune wrote:I don't think there is one best tuba player on the planet. Different players are better than others in different genres of music. The best soloist would not necessarily be best in an orchestra, while the best in an orchestra would not necessarily be best playing jazz, etc. Also, tastes in what is best vary and when you get to choosing between virtuoso players it is all a matter of taste.

I personally very much like the tone and style of Walter Hilgers from recording I have heard, but I also like many others as well.


I was wondering between the two of us who would be the first name Walter Hilgers! I wish that NDR/Wand Bruckner 8 was more widely available, so more people could hear what the definition of TONE PRODUCTION is. I definately agree with you on the other points as well. Everyone has their areas of strength.
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Postby evilcartman » Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:37 am

If I had to say just one name it would have to be John Fletcher. I have many others near the top of my list but for "Who's the best in the world?"...I'd say Fletch. In my opinion, he's the best all-around player/musician that I've ever had the pleasure to listen to.
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