Recorded in 1994, this CD marks the beginning of the Hornheads as a solo group. The music for this project was started while the Hornheads were still with Prince and the NPG full time. While Prince was taking some time out of the country to write new material, the Hornheads started getting together to run old NPG horn parts to stay sharp, but quickly grew bored with that exercise. For fun, Michael started writing new licks and phrases to try out. Becoming intrigued with the sound of the ensemble playing funk and jazz licks without a rhythm section became the impetus for expanding these ideas into full songs. This music was then recorded and used as a promotional disk for the horn section. It also became apparent that it would be great music to perform live at jazz festivals, clubs, performing arts series, and colleges.
"The Hornheads are terrific. They broke the place [Bellson Jazz Fest] up."
"...exhilarating...excellent and unique writing and performance."
"Hornheads is a remarkable enterprise...the tracks are brilliant exhibits of how talented these people are...this is a CD U should all hear and appreciate!"
Two of MIchael Nelson compositions on this disc that might be familiar to Prince fans are “New Dell Inn”, which Prince incorporated into “Billy Jack Bitch” as a horn feature on the Grammy nominated Gold Experience CD, and “Intermission”, a portion of which was often played at club dates, including the show featured on the Sacrifice Of Victor video.
These musicians just continue to raise the bar with their artistry.
This is awesome ! Really great and I'm so happy with this CD. Still can't believe my ears when I listen to it, never heard something that powerful, clean, so talented, smooth and so good as this. I really hope the Hornheads will bring out more of this stuff. Can't wait !
Perect timing, perfect phrasing and beautiful sound. Thanks a lot for this CD.
Cleanest group sound!!
Some of the cleanest and tightest playing I've ever heard. A definite out of the ordinary approach to jazz ensemble playing. Played the CD for some of my high school band students and they were crazy about it. Great solos, too!!
The CD's are incredible.
Fantastic musicianship throughout! I was introduced to this group recently by a fellow musician. I ordered two of the 3 by the 5 horn group. I listen to them constantly. Each time I listen I hear new things. These guys are fantastic. Not only are the ensemble writings unique, the jazz on all selections is out of sight. Congrats to the group and keep the recordings coming!!
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trombone / euphonium
lead trumpet / flugelhorn
trumpet / flugelhorn
soprano / tenor saxophone, piccolo
alto / baritone saxophone
1. Intermission I
2. New Dell Inn
3. Hornhead Blues
4. Tub O' Grease
5. Well You Needn't
6. One Last Touch
7. Interrupting Cow
9. Waltz 4 Hornz
10. Twix Flambe'
11. Intermission II
12. Radio Remix - Waltz 4 Hornz
13. Radio Remix - Intermission