Kent Eshelman, tuba and In-Ja Eshelman, piano

In bringing together the music for this CD, I chose some of my favorite pieces to play on the tuba. These works, from four different centuries, include previously unrecorded works for tuba as well as compositions originally for contrabass trombone, cornet, flute, trumpet, and voice. This assortment of music displays a variety of distinct "flavors" — musical styles, characters, and moods — and the brevity of the compositions and movements allows these flavors to be arranged in close proximity, just as in a bowl of fruit. My hope is that the musical seeds planted by the composers are presented here fullgrown, ripe, and juicy...and that you enjoy tasting each one in turn! ~ Kent Eshelman

Kent Eshelman's CD Flavors (Equilibrium, 2013) has been chosen as the winner in the Solo Classical Tuba category of the Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording. The award, named after iconic tuba virtuoso Roger Bobo, is given out every two years by the International Tuba-Euphonium Association to recognize "the very best artists, composers, and researchers who have produced work of the highest distinction in the fields of recording, composition, and research." From a field of four finalists that included Sergio Carolino (Portugal), Tom McCaslin (USA), and Hiroaki Shiomi (Japan), Eshelman was announced as the winner at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Bloomington, Indiana on May 21, 2014. Roger Bobo, who resides in Tokyo, was in attendance to present the award personally.

Kent Eshelman, left and Roger Bobo, right

  Bruce Broughton  
1 Oliver's Birthday 3:44
2 Turbulence 5:38
  Erik Leidzén  
3 Happy All the Day 4:53
  Anthony Plog  
4 Nocturne 8:16
5 Statements 2:35
  Eugène Bozza  
6 Burlesque 5:03
7 Divertissement 5:43
  Frank Lynn Payne  
8-11 Sonata for Tuba and Piano 9:18
  Georg Philipp Telemann  
12-14 Fantasia in F-Sharp Minor 6:44
  Franz Schubert  
15 Gretchen am Spinnrade 3:10
16 An die Musik 2:58
Total Playing Time 58:01

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Flavors CD by Kent Eshelman, In-Ja Eshelman