4barsrest said:Probably the most controversial aspect of the recording is the inclusion of the cornet solo "Golden Slippers", written by Norman Bearcroft for Deryck Diffey and the Canadian Staff Band but now inexorably linked with David Daws.
This has caused some consternation and light-hearted banter amongst members of the internet forum theMouthPiece.com and no doubt many will be curious to see how it works. The answer is rather like the curate's egg - good in parts - although that is no criticism of the soloist, rather that some of the figurations work better on cornet than trombone. It is the slower sections that this listener found most effective, although the playing is never other than first class, and some of the changes, such as the accompaniment in the cadenza (which sends Brett into the stratosphere) by the other trombones, seem just right, and yes, he does include the lip-trills! There is a long history of solos being appropriated by instruments other than that which was originally intended - Monti's "Czardas" was of course written for violin - so one shouldn't let that get in the way of appreciating such fine music-making.