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Review: Brass ensemble Masterworks 6 at UIndy

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Masterworks 6
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Masterworks 6 isn’t your average brass group. All members of this new, gifted ensemble — comprised of Larry Powell and Dan Golando on trumpet, horn player Erycka Tyner Grodrian, trombonist John Grodrian, tuba player Glen Dimick and Craig Hetrick on drumset — are classically trained, but have a passion for playing not so classical music.

The first half, filled with dance band tunes such as "It Don’t Mean a Thing" and "In the Mood" was infectious and toe-tapping. John Grodrian’s dynamic playing featured heavily in Trombonology and Hetrick wowed with his killer drum interlude in Sweet Georgia Brown. Dimick laid down a solid, creative bass line throughout, proving tubas aren’t just oompah machines.

After intermission we were treated to classic rock by Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Queen. "Bohemian Rhapsody" for brass sextet was simply awesome, and Powell and Golando really rocked some solos with their electronically distorted trumpets, turning them in to guitars.

It’s too bad they didn’t feature horn player Grodrian more; she has a fantastic sound and can seriously groove. I look forward to hearing Masterworks 6 again — and in case they're taking requests, I nominate The Rolling Stones and The Who.


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