"Brooklyn" - Youngblood Brass Band

"Brooklyn" (PDF) from the Youngblood Brass Band album, center:level:roar.
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"Brooklyn" is considered to be an anthem for the trombone. Just search YouTube for this song, and you'll discover numerous people who've been inspired by the tune. There's even a great clip of the USC marching band performing it after a football game. "Brooklyn" was written by trombonist/sousaphonist, Nat "The Warrior" McIntosh, who plays the song's melody on the album. The B section of the melody uses the "New Orleans" riff, which I discussed in my entry for "Orleans And Claiborne."

The trombone solo is played by The Joe Goltz. It is another 16 bar "hit-it-and-quit" kind of solos; just say enough to make your point, but say a lot! You can hear the power of The Joe Goltz's tone on the recording since they used a distant microphone to capture the sound of the entire room. Harmonically, the solo stays mostly in the C minor scale and it stays pretty linear without too many jumps. Rhythmically, it makes use of 16th note patterns and syncopation. The Joe Goltz seems to emphasize the latin clave rhythm (3-2) in a few bars by shifting the accent to the up-beat in the first half of a measure, and then landing back on the down-beat by count four. It's another example of tension and release. By coming back to the down-beats after syncopating, you can bring your phrase to a logical resolution. Another thing I want to point out is in measure 10 of the solo, there's a crazy vibrato that The Joe Goltz puts on the G. I've heard this type of vibrato in other recordings of him, and I assume that it's a "shake." If anyone has ideas of what he's actually doing, let me know.

SPECIAL THANKS to tamamaster, Matt Hogue and Benji McLain for your comments!

Today's YouTube video is of "The Warrior" performing his tune with the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band.

Recommended Reading: Arban's Famous Method for Trombone. Edited by Charles L. Randall and Simone Mantia. Published by Carl Fischer.