The Chamber Wind Music of Jack Cooper

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The Chamber Wind Music of
Jack Cooper
Chamber wind music of jack cooper cover.jpg
Studio album by Jack Cooper
and various artists
Released May 1, 2010
Recorded November 2007-June 2009, Memphis, Tennessee
Genre Classical, Chamber Music, New Music, instrumental, Jazz
Length 63:30
Label Centaur Records
Producer Jack Cooper
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cat. #, Centaur CRC 3027

Music sample

The Chamber Wind Music of Jack Cooper is the first classical/new music studio recording featuring numerous performing artists recording chamber wind music of the composer on the Centaur Records label.


In 2006 it was decided a CD would be produced as a collaboration between Centaur Records and resources housed at the University of Memphis. Centaur Records agreed to have a CD completed for their label of either chamber wind works or chamber string/piano works; not a mix or both so to avoid a conflict in programming and marketing. Artists were selected based on virtuoso musicianship and familiarity with the composer's work; being able to play both written and improvised passages at a high musical level.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jack Cooper

No. Title Length
1. "Sonata for Trombone, Mov. I - Mambo"   2:56
2. "Sonata for Trombone, Mov. II - Solo"   4:57
3. "Sonata for Trombone, Mov. III - Afro Latin in 12/8"   4:44
4. "Sonata for Alto Saxophone, Mov. I - Latin 12/8, swing"   5:10
5. "Sonata for Alto Saxophone, Mov. II - Slow/faster/slow"   3:10
6. "Sonata for Alto Saxophone, Mov. III - Up Tempo, a la Tristano"   3:45
7. "Five Scenes for Brass Quintet, Mov. I - Fanfare"   1:35
8. "Five Scenes for Brass Quintet, Mov. II - Somberly"   5:04
9. "Five Scenes for Brass Quintet, Mov. III - Fugue"   2:12
10. "Five Scenes for Brass Quintet, Mov. IV - Shapes, Forms, Shadows"   4:17
11. "Five Scenes for Brass Quintet, Mov. V - Afro-Latin"   3:58
12. "Sonata for Clarinet, Mov. I - Latin 9/8"   5:10
13. "Sonata for Clarinet, Mov. II - a la Satie"   3:10
14. "Sonata for Clarinet, Mov. III - Presto"   3:45
15. "One of the Missing (for those lost in Iraq)"   5:18
Total length:

Recording Sessions[edit]

  • November 13, 2007
  • March 17, December 19, 2008
  • March 9 and 17, June 2, 2009
  • all tracks recorded in Harris Concert Hall, the University of Memphis School of Music



  • Composer, conductor: Jack Cooper
  • Trombone: Luis Bonilla
  • Alto Saxophone: Paul Haar
  • Clarinet: Cedric Mayfield
  • Trumpet: David Spencer
  • Trumpet: Ben Lewis
  • Horn: Daniel Phillips
  • Trombone and Euphonium: John Mueller
  • Tuba: Kevin Sanders
  • Piano: Chris Parker
  • Piano: Oksana Poleshook
  • Latin Percussion: Pablo Bilbraut
  • Drums (set): Michael Waldrop


  • Recording engineer, mixing, and mastering: Jonathan Frazer
  • Piano Technicians: Scott Higgins and Richard Boyington
  • Liner Notes: Jack Cooper and Ken Kreitner
  • Cover art: Cathy Cooper
  • Photographer: Rene Koopman

Promotion and works from the compact disc[edit]

internationally known artist Luis Bonilla is featured on the Sonata for Trombone

Interviews were done in 2010 for WKNO-FM NPR Radio and WUMR Radio about the recording. The works from the CD have been played and featured at numerous concert venues in North and South American (U.S.A., Canada, Brazil), primarily by the artists who commissioned each work.[1][2][3] The euphonium work One of the Missing was commissioned by John Mueller and is strong protest piece that both Cooper and Mueller felt very compelled to present in opposition to the Iraq War.[4][5][6] The recording of the Trombone Sonata (and manuscript) is one of the main subjects in a dissertation written in 2011 by Dr. Anthony Williams (music professor, University of Northern Iowa) on style and approach to four prominent 20th/21st Century solo trombone works: Alec Wilder - Sonata for Trombone and Piano, Richard Peaslee - Arrows of Time,[7] William Goldstein - Colloquy for solo trombone,[8] Jack Cooper - Sonata For Trombone.[9][10][11] The Trombone Sonata has also had a second prominent recording by trombone artist Mark Hetzler on his 2015 CD recording Blues, Ballads and Beyond with Summit Records. All brass works (trombone, brass quintet, euphonium) from the recording are currently published with Brassworks 4 Publishing.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Fanfare Magazine (very positive)[12]
American Record Guide (positive)[13]
emusic 3/5 stars[14]
WRUV (positive)[15]
The Horn Call (luke warm/positive)[16]
ICA, The Clarinet (very positive)[17]
Saxophone Journal (very positive)[18]

"...the purpose of this (recording) is to broaden the stylistic range of concert chamber music; a breaking-down of barriers...Collectors wishing to savor jazz served in classical mugs will find this an interesting release."

Ronald E. Grames, Fanfare Magazine[12]

"Most enjoyable...are the two woodwind sonatas...The outer movements are lively and full of improvisatory exuberence, the (slow movement) allows (Paul) Haar to show his contemplative side. In the Clarinet Sonata, Cedric Mayfield's high-register tone is never shrill, and his playing is impressive in both noted and improvised music."

Barry Kilpatrick, American Record Guide[13]

"...of all of the compositions on this CD I most enjoyed One of the Missing (for those lost in Iraq), is soulfully performed by John Mueller on euphonium. To me, it had the most musical depth and expressive qualities."

Calvin Smith, The Horn Call[16]

" engaging musical experience in the hands of these performers, who are stylistically so attuned to this music and so in command of their instruments."

William Nichols, ICA Journal/The Clarinet[17]

"...Haar's recording of this piece on The Chamber Wind Music of Jack Cooper (Centaur Records) is very impressive and would be a great example for any younger player learning the piece."

David Demsey, Saxophone Journal[18]

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