The legendary Bud Brisbois is revered as one of the best high-note players of all time. Over the years he played different mouthpieces, but a few characteristics remained the same: a rim similar in size and shape to a Bach 10 1/2 C, a semi-V shaped cup, and a tight throat. The Legends BB combines those specs with our Vegas backbore to create a mouthpiece that will easily get you into the “First Call Gang”!
The Legends BB rim is fairly flat, medium width and has a rounded bite, just like the Bach 10 1/2 C rim. The inside rim diameter of the Legends BB is smaller, though, at .600″. The cup is a medium to medium shallow V-bowl (conical near the rim but rounded down near the throat). The throat is a #28 (slightly tight). The Legends Vegas backbore is slightly focused. This mouthpiece has every element needed for the sessions, commercial, or solo player who needs complete control of the extreme upper register.
Bud Brisbois (1937 – 1978) was an extremely talented trumpet player. He played all styles of music, but was most famous for his high note playing. He had an astonishing range and was was exceptionally accurate and consistent in the extreme upper register. Early in his career he joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra and took over the scream lead and solo parts originally written for Maynard Ferguson.
Around 1963 he joined what is known as “The Wrecking Crew” or “The Clique”: a group of ultra-talented sessions musicians based in Los Angeles in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. They were used on thousands of studio recordings and several hundred Top 40 hits. The entire crew, including Brisbois, was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2007. During these years Brisbois also played with many, many famous bands and performers. Check out the videos below featuring Brisbois on “Flamingo” with the Onzy Matthews Band and “Peter Gunn” by Henry Mancini.
Brisbois transitioned from his time with The Wrecking Crew into forming his own rock band, Butane, which featured himself as vocalist and lead trumpet. Butane had limited success and disbanded after about two years. Brisbois had many personal struggles throughout his career, but he was always universally liked and respected by trumpet players and musicians that worked with him. He stopped performing entirely for a short while, but eventually began a comeback in the music scene. His last performance was with the jazz-rock group “Matrix” in 1978. Soon after his life was tragically cut short by suicide. He is fondly remembered by many colleagues, and his screaming high solos are still revered and idolized by trumpeters today.
- Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud_Brisbois
- Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wrecking_Crew_(music)
- Seeley Music: http://seeleymusic.com/brisbois/brisart.htm
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