Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Captured! The Bassoon Brothers
The Bassoon Brothers first album "Wanted ? The Bassoon Brothers" was called "Just plain hilarious" by the Seattle Times., and "a sort of all-bassoon version of the Canadian Brass" by Audiophile Auditions. It quickly becam... more »
The Bassoon Brothers first album "Wanted ? The Bassoon Brothers" was called "Just plain hilarious" by the Seattle Times., and "a sort of all-bassoon version of the Canadian Brass" by Audiophile Auditions. It quickly became one of Crystal's best-selling albums and very high on Amazon's sales list. This second CD is at least as entertaining, with riotous takes on well-known classical, popular, and movie tunes. The quartet is the bassoon section of the Oregon Symphony in Portland and are on a mission to save the 'oons from extinction. Bassoon, contrabassoon, tenoroon, and tromboon ? all are now a little safer.
Great second CD
Samuel Bryce | North Augusta, SC United States | 02/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bassoons are cool! I am in 7th grade and have been lugging a heavy case containing a four foot long wooden instrument that resembles a bedpost from my house to school and back almost every school day since sixth grade. Why go through this hardship? Because the bassoon has a nice, low woodwind sound and can play a wide variety of music (if you can get over the stereotype that it only plays the boring parts in classical music) as the Bassoon Brothers have shown in both of their CDs. They are some cool dudes. They not only play a cool instrument, they play it well. Their songs are cool. You may not like all of them, but you should be able to find several that you like because they play such a wide variety of music. They've got jazz. They got classical. Traditional. Polka (pizzicato polka to be exact). Opera. Rock. Even what I would call hard rock (playing "Purple Haze" on a mighty cool electric bassoon). My favorite songs are "Londonderry Air", "My Girl", and "Louie, Louie / Roll out the Barrel" (from "Captured") and "Bewitched", "Hall of the Mountain King", and the awesome bassoon solo "Red River Valley" (from "Wanted"). What I like most about the Bassoon Brothers is their unconventional method of getting more people to play bassoon. Unconventional, but good.
I like this new Bassoon Brothers CD a lot. The Bassoon Brothers (and sister) have really outdone themselves on "Captured". I would say this is the best instrumental music I have heard. It is hard to choose between their first CD, "Wanted", and their second "Captured", though. All in all I think "Captured" is better. Those crazy bassoonists (in a good way) have also added to their repertoire of musical instruments in this CD. Now they have an electric wah-wah bassoon, soprano sax, and tenoroon. I might have missed some, so there may be more than that. I must stress again how much I like this CD."
Steven Connolly | Hazawa, Tokyo Japan | 02/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"An easy five stars to "Captured!" by The Bassoon Brothers. In fact, five stars to any bassoon playing that has a pulse. The mix of tune choices and the arrangements are exquisite. Who doesn't love "Fanfare For The Common Man"? I was listening to "My Girl" in the bath, and what with the singing and dancing, slopped water all over. I love "Send In The Clowns" and "Purple Haze" and the "Louie Louie" with the sly Glenn Miller and Sly references.It reminds me of much more than just Spike Jones and Schickele. Willem Breuker Kollektief, the World Saxophone Quartet, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Don Cherry, Carla Bley, and Sun Ra spring to mind. And the use of the all-too often neglected bassoons reminds me of James Carter's recent resuscitation of the nearly DOA bass saxophone on "Chasin' The Gypsy."It's a treasure. And it only serves to remind that Mr. Eubanks is the premier bassoonist in the world and an arranger with few equals. I have not heard all of the dreary rehashes of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring"; maybe I've heard eight or ten. With one exception, all dreary. The opening bassoon solos always remind me of the implication of "Waiting For Wood," an article of a couple of years ago in the New Yorker magazine. But, Mr. Eubanks' opening solo in "The Rite of Spring" by The Oregon Symphony is truly divine. Ethereal. Definitive. It sings, and gives the sense of the juggernaut that is to follow."Captured!" Five stars."
This album Captured my attention
Susan R W Ray | Iowa City, IA | 03/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Once while on a road trip, I found a radio station playing an instrumental rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Three Little Maids" like I had never heard it before.
When the DJ said the unusual version had been performed by the Basoon Brothers I knew I had to find it.
The whole album just kept me giggling while it charmed me with it wonderful musicality. Well worth owning."