HOUSTON TROMBONE PLAYER THOMAS HULTÉN
DEBUTS ON CD “SLIDE SIDE,”
TO BE RELEASED BY TIERRA STUDIOS ON OCTOBER 19, 2009
Trombonist Thomas Hultén debuts with Slide Side, a collection of ten original tunes and three jazz standards, set for release by Houston’s Tierra Studios on October 19, 2009.
“To be able to realize one’s musical visions with full artistic freedom is every musician’s dream,” says Hultén. “I’m really excited about this album, and I feel that we’ve accomplished our goal: world-class jazz, written and produced in Houston, Texas.”
Hultén is joined on the recording by his Houston-based ensemble consisting of pianist Pamela York, guitarist Mike Nase, bassist David Craig, and Joel Fulgham on drums. Slide Side is augmented by local jazz greats such as Dennis Dotson, former Woody Herman trumpeter and Warren Sneed, Director of Jazz Studies at Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
“You can really hear the years of experience these musicians have when you listen to the songs,” says engineer Glenn Wheeler. “Getting to record the talent this group brought to the studio was truly a pleasure.”
Slide Side also features orchestral backing for Hultén and his ensemble on several selections. Strings were arranged by Daniel Kramlich and conducted by producer Dr. Robert Linder.
“When Thomas sat down at the piano and played me a few phrases from a number of his original tunes, I knew he had something special to say–through his musicianship,” says Dr. Linder. I thought, “WOW! What a combination–a fabulous trombonist that can write and arrange great tunes! ”
Thomas Hultén started playing trombone at the age of ten in the local Salvation Army Band in his hometown of Katrineholm, Sweden. After completing his military service with the Swedish Army Band in 1984, he studied trombone performance at the Gothenburg Conservatory with Ingemar Roos as his primary teacher. After graduating, he won a position with the Bohus Big Band, one of Sweden’s two professional big bands.
Since moving to Houston in 1997, he has performed with Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Natalie Cole, Barry Manilow, Patti Austin, Johnny Mathis, Michael Bolton, the Moody Blues, the Temptations, the Four Tops and the O’Jays. He performs regularly with the Houston Symphony, the Houston Ballet, Theatre under the Stars, and the Houston Grand Opera, of which he was recently named principle trombonist.
Slide Side is the latest album in a series of jazz releases that features prominent Houston jazz musicians, produced by Tierra Studios. The first CD in the series is No Worries, featuring saxophonist Larry Slezak, available on iTunes and at http://www.larryslezak.com.
For more information, contact Larry Murphy at 713-686-1953 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE – Added Buy Links at bottom of post.
Now for the big event this fall, at least for me: “Slide Side”, my new jazz CD on the Tierra Studios label, is finally out and ready to buy and ship to a location near you!
I still have to see and hear the finished CD, I hope to get one later today, but listening to the master-copy I’m very happy with it. When Bob Linder and Glenn Wheeler from Tierra contacted me in July of 2008 to record a CD, they had a short wish-list for the project: new original music and getting the best musicians and sound available. Bob was pretty insistent (those of you who know him know what I mean!) that he wanted original music that was still listenable, not too “out there”, and not too long, 4-5 minutes for each tune. We also agreed we needed a few jazz-standards on there.
I was given pretty free hands, and decided to record the three standard tunes with my “brunch-trio”, trombone, guitar and bass. For most of the tunes we used a quintet of bone, sax and rhythm, I also did a couple with just rhythm-section. We added horns, percussion and strings on most of them, and I gotta say it came out even better than we hoped.
It sounds fantastic, the playing by some of the top Houston players is amazing and the music is great, really fun to listen to. Swedish tenor-players Eric Norstrom and Nils Sandstrom contributed one original each, thanks to both of you! Dan Kramlich wrote some exceptional string charts, and yours truly did the rest of the writing and arranging.
Check out the Tierra Studios web-site, www.tierrastudios.com, and copy this link to your browser to order the album from them, http://www.tierrastudios.com/2009/10/link-to-purchase-thomas-hultens-slide-side/
I will try to set something up on this site so you can order the album here, and it will also be available for downloading from iTunes.
More good news: we had break-in in our house back in January, and my three main horns were stolen, a Conn 6H, a Conn 8H and a Conn 88H-CL. Luckily I have a couple of back-ups, my old King 2B and an old silver-plated Conn 88H. This was right before we started recording, so it was a bit rough getting started. Thanks to the fine detectives at the Houston Police Department and my good friend Rick Reeves, who found the 88H-CL on eBay, I finally got all three of them back last week!
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If you want to hear some good jazz, come the out the jazz concert at Muniversity of Houston’s Moores Opera House Wednesday night October 8 at 7.30 pm. Both big bands will perform under the direction of Noe Marmalejo and Ryan Gabbart, Henry Darragh will sing and play some cooking piano and I’ll play a few tunes, among them a new big band arrangement of Pilska Polska form my CD. These band are made up of students from UH, and they’re kicking and swinging, good stuff!
So what about my CD, will it ever come? Yes! It’s off to the printers and is scheduled for release on October 19, more on this web-site and also on the Tierra Studios site, www.tierrastudios.com.
The first opera for the season is Wagner’s Lohengrin, one of those five-hour deals. Most operas or shows I’ve played have been at the most three hours, and I couldn’t imagine sitting in the pit for five hours. That was before I got to play Tristan and Isolde with the Royal Opera in Stockholm, Sweden, last fall. It was an amazing musical experience, and this Lohengrin-production promises to be another high-light. Patrick Summers is conducting, cast is great, something to look forward to.
August and September are brutally hot and humid here in Houston, and gigs don’t really start to pick up until late September-early October. I had a pretty busy weekend with a Klezmer-gig Friday, Paragon Brass Ensemble Saturday morning, Second Baptist early evening and then a party-gig with Infinite Groove Saturday night. Sunday night we rehearsed with Joel Fulgham’s new big band made up of some of Houston’s finest. Joel is a fantastic drummer, and he can soon be heard on my new album, out October 19….
How I celebrated winning the HGO/Houston Ballet audition? I spent $300 on a new rear-main seal for my $900 Chevy truck, so now it won’t dump any more oil on my drive-way!