Recorded Music



The best way to develop as a musician is to listen to other great musicians, especially those who play your instrument. One can only play one's instrument as well as one can imagine it played. While students do learn from each other during lessons and rehearsals, it is important that they hear exemplars on their instruments. The rest of this page gives suggestions of where to get recordings, and which ones to seek out.

Free Recordings

The public library is a great resource for recorded music. You can browse the Libertyville Public Library online, or in person. There are also many musicians who place sample recordings of themselves and/or their ensembles online. Typing a simple Google Search for "Clarinet Sound Sample" brings up several sites with recordings you can listen to (usually just short snippets) for free. There are several links to websites containing free recordings in our LINKS section.


Online music stores such as iTunes have become a great resource for musicians. While iTunes recordings are not free, they are very inexpensive. Most songs are only 99 cents. A search for "Clarinet" on iTunes brings up 150 hits. You can listen to 30 seconds worth of each song for free, or purchase most of them for 99 cents.


There are many wonderful band recordings available. Below are a few suggestions. Other recordings by these ensembles are also terrific.

Name of Band Name of Recording CD Info.
Eastman Wind Ensemble Live in OSAKA SONY Classics
SK 47198
Dallas Wind Symphony Fiesta! Reference Recordings

Individual Instruments

There are many wonderful solo recordings available. Below are a few suggestions. Other recordings by these soloists are also terrific.

Inst. Soloist Name of Recording CD Info.
Flute James Galway Galway Plays Bach RCA
Flute Jean-Pierre Rampal J.S. Bach Sonates Pour Flute ERATO
D 103123
Trumpet Maurice Andre Trumpet Masterpieces Deutsche Grammophone
D 203919
Trumpet Wynton Marsalis Carnaval CBS Records Masterworks
MK 42137
Trumpet Rolf Smedvig Trumpet Concertos Telarc
French Horn Eric Ruske Mozart Horn Concerti Telarc
French Horn Gail Williams 20th Century Settings Summit Records
DCD 139
Trombone Joseph Alessi Slide Area Summit Records
DCD 130
Baritone Childs Brothers Childs Play Doyen
DOY CD 001
Tuba Daniel Perantoni Daniel in the Lions Den Summit Records
DCD 163

Chamber Ensembles

There are many wonderful chamber music recordings available. Below are a few suggestions. Other recordings by these groups are also terrific.

Ensemble Type Ensemble Name Name of Recording CD Info.
Brass Quintet Empire Brass Class Brass Telac
Trombone Quartet Four of a Kind Music for Trombone Quartet Summit Records
DCD 123
Tuba Quartet The British Tuba Quartet In at the Deep End Heavyweight Records

Jazz Greats

There are many wonderful jazz music recordings available. Below are a few suggestions. Other recordings by these jazz legends are also terrific.

Jump to (by instrument) -- Saxophone - Trumpet - Trombone - Tuba - Guitar

Jump to (by style) -- Swing - Latin

Inst. Jazzer Name of Recording CD Info.
Alto Sax Cannonball Adderly The Definitive Cannonball Adderly Verve - Blue Note
7243 5 40040 2 5
Tenor Sax John Coltrane A Love Supreme impulse
Bari Sax Gerry Mulligan The Art of Gerry Mulligan Telarc Jazz
Trumpet Louis Armstrong The Essential Louis Armstrong Verve
Trumpet Miles Davis Miles Smiles Columbia
CK 48849
Trumpet Miles Davis Kind of Blue Columbia
CK 40579
Trombone J.J. Johnson Proof Positive impulse
Tuba Sam Pilafian Travelin' Light Telarc
Guitar Toots Thielmans Jazz Masters 59 - Toots Thielmans Verve
314 535 271-2
Swing Style Jazz Duke Ellington Hot Summer Dance SONY - Red Barron
AK 48631
Latin Style Jazz Bill Cunliffe Imaginacion Torii Records
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Free Recorded Music
iTunes etc.
Individual Band Instruments
Chamber Ensembles
Jazz Greats

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