"...This arrangement is as we expect from this master of brass arranging. It is a piece that requires a good technique, but is a wonderfully exciting concert piece for a grade 7/8 pupil."
Reviewed 'Music Teacher'
"...With this arrangement, John Iveson provided a crafty adaptation of a famous tune by a legendary Brazilian clarinettist. The piece was originally titled 'Tico-Tico no Fubá', and it depicts a bird named Tico-Tico flying around and eating someone's cornmeal. This publication is actually a reduction of a version for solo trumpet and brass nonet re-released on 'Philip Jones Brass Ensemble Greatest Hits' (Decca 289 467 746-2). The original version and a brass band edition are also available from Brass Wind Publications.
As one would expect, performance of the adaptation for trumpet requires nimble technique, particularly in this setting in D-flat major. Both the solo lines and the accompaniment require a Latin style and need to be played freely, with more attention to intensity and feel than exact metric placement....this arrangement serves as a virtuosic showpiece or effective encore, and both versions with piano and brass nonet are highly recommended."
Reviewed 'International Trumpet Guild Journal'
Originally written for, and recorded by, James Watson and the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, this energetic, Latin-flavoured arrangement has long been popular with players and audiences around the world. In this version the trumpet part is identical to the ensemble version, and the piano accompaniment retains the excitement and flavour of the original.
John Iveson began his professional career in 1965 as co-principal trombonist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and in 1969 was appointed Principal in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then he has worked with all the major London orchestras, and from 1980 until 1991 he held the position of principal trombonist in the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. For many years John was also the principal trombonist with the internationally renowned Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, which throughout the 1960's and 70's pioneered the performance of brass chamber music around the world. Many of John's arrangements in this field have since become established classics of the Brass Ensemble repertoire, and in more recent years many of these arrangements and compositions have been added to the standard brass band library.
John has also worked extensively in the commercial world of film and television studio recording, and was Professor of trombone at the Royal College of Music from 1970 until 1996. He now teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. An examiner for the Associated Board, John now lives in South Cumbria with his wife and two dogs, enjoying the return to his Northern roots, and continuing his writing, conducting, teaching and examining activities.