In the old days it was a tradition for musicians to refer to the greatest of players on a given instrument as the King! There is no question that among musicians today (1958), William Bell would be enthroned as King of the Tuba. So fantastic are his achievements on this instrument that the professionals who know and understand its difficulties shake their heads in wonder and amazement when they hear him play. He played with the Bachman Band and the Sousa Band. In 1937 he came to New York to play under Arturo Toscanini and since that time has appeared with most of the major orchestras on radio and television. Toscanini declared William Bell the greatest tuba player he had ever heard. Once at a rehearsal the great conductor suddenly stopped the orchestra and called out “Play that again, please!” Mr. Bell looked puzzled and the maestro explained, “No, no, there is nothing wrong. Play it again, please, just for me. I have never heard that passage played with such a lovely tone!” Coming from Toscanini this was adulation of the highest order. By Harvey Phillips Foundation
Harvey Phillips, "The Paganini of the Tuba" - The eclectic diversity of music chosen for this CD is selected from little known professional recordings and live clinician appearances with a variety of ensembles over the years. Handel - Sonata for Flute & Continuo - IV. Vivace, V. Gavotte, VII. Allegro; Youmans - The Carioca; Brittain - Thumbs Up; Benson - Helix 1-Dancing-Rollicking; Raggamuffin - "The Leasebreakers"; Albam - A Brief History of the Blues; Carisi - Varsity Drag from "A Greek in Dixieland"; David Baker speaks; Baker - Sonata for Tuba & String Quartet Movement 2; Richard Peaslee speaks; Peaslee - The Devil's Herald; Gunther Schuller speaks; Schuller - Capriccio for Tuba and Chamber Orchestra; Wilder - Song for Carol; Sauter - Blue Moon. By Harvey Phillips Foundation
Harvey Phillips TubaCompany performs music of every style, for every age, and for virtually every occasion, with their tubas and euphoniums (tenor tubas). Their primary objective is to entertain audiences wherever they perform. Harvey Phillips TubaCompany illustrates the genius of Harvey Phillips to intrigue and capture discerning listeners with sounds they otherwise may never have imagined! And so, this CD recording is for you to discover! Relax, listen, tap your feet and enjoy! And, should you be inspired to dance (polka, waltz, fox-trot, lindy, rock or whatever), be our guests!
The Matteson-Phillips Tubajazz Consort - Live is a re-release of a concert in 1991. This recording features RICH MATTESON, HARVEY PHILLIPS, JOHN ALLRED, BUDDY BAKER, DANIEL PERANTONI, WINSTON MORRIS, and others perfoming In a Mellow Tone, Senor Blues, Bye Bye Blues, C.T.’s Blues, Shuckin’ and Jivin', Oleo, Your Mama Ain’t Got no Draws by Harvey Phillips Foundation and Richmond A. Matteson Legacy Productions
The Matteson-Phillips Tubajazz Consort - Superhorns is a re-release of material recorded from the group that existed from 1976-1994. This recording features RICH MATTESON, HARVEY PHILLIPS, ASHLEY ALEXANDER, BUDDY BAKER, DANIEL PERANTONI, WINSTON MORRIS, and others perfoming SPOOFY, LUCKY SOUTHERN, OLEO, LITTLE OLE SOFTY, STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY, GREGORY IS HERE, SUMMERTIME, NOREEN'S NOCTURNE, GEORGIA ON MY MIND, THINGS AIN'T WHAT THEY USED TO BE, WALTZING MATILDA, (TOTAL TIME: 72:16 ) by Harvey Phillips Foundation and Richmond A. Matteson Legacy Productions
For the New York Brass Quintet's 50th Anniversary Year, two of their recordings are released on this special CD for the first time. The New York Brass Quintet In Concert (1959) featuring works by Pezel, Gabrieli, Harris, Holborne, Bozza plus others. The New York Brass Quintet Presents Two Contemporary Composers (1960) features works by Wilder and Hammond. Produced by Harvey Phillips Foundation and Richmond A. Matteson Legacy Productions