... L'Elephant - Saint Saens All The Things You Are The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Dukas Georgia On My Mind Anything Goes Allegro Apppassionato - Saint Saens Kol Nidrei - Bruch
"... This book of solos for bass trombone addresses a gap in the repertoire for the developing player. While tenor trombonists enjoy many such compilation albums of familiar or light music, partly created to meet the needs of the exam syllabus, there is a lack of such material for bass trombone. Therefore players of around grade 5-7 standard, at which Power Bass is clearly aimed, are left to either appropriate music for other instruments, which is not necessarily idiomatic or rely on music recommended by the exam boards which though of high quality, tends to be rather serious.
The seven pieces selected by Green include arrangements of Saints-Saens L'Elephant and Allegro Appassionator, Dukas Sorcerer's Apprentice, Kern All the Things You Are, Porter Anything Goes, Carmichael Georgia on My Mind and Bruch Kol Nidrei. Helpfully, each piece has a brief written introduction with pointers to musical style and advice on technical issues, though some bottom B naturals mean players of single valve instruments will not be able to fully enjoy a couple of the arrangements. In many places optional octave transpositions are given in both high and low registers to enable performance by players of different abilities.
For the student or advanced performer alike, Power Bass is an excellent resource of familiar, and not so familiar, melodies arranged specifically to exploit the qualities of the bass trombone by one of the finest players in the country. I hope more volumes will be forthcoming and that some of the lighter pieces find their way on to future exam syllabus." Reviewed 'The Trombonist'
This selection of pieces can make bass trombone and plug technique practice fun and offer some good performance choices at the same time
Alwyn Green was born and educated in Norwich. He studied at the Guildhall School of music and Drama from 1968 - 1971 and was awarded the Brass Prize in his second year. At this time he also passed diplomas at the Royal Academy 9of Music (performance) and Trinity College London (teaching).
On leaving Guildhall he was immediately appointed to the Principal Bass Trombone chair in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Since then he has played Trombone or Euphonium with almost all the British orchestras. In 1986 he was invited to take up a principal position in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra where he is still employed. He was a founder member of the Palm Court Theatre Orchestra and the Prince of Wales Brass. He is the founder and musical director of the Berkley Salon Ensemble and is also principal guest conductor of the Shirley Band.
He teaches at both Birmingham University and the Birmingham Conservatoire and is frequently engaged to coach at other colleges and similar institutions.
As a composer and arranger he undertakes regular commissions from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and other groups and a number of his pieces have been broadcast and commercially recorded. He lives in Solihull with his wife Madelyn, who is a lecturer in higher education. They have two grown up children.