The idea to make this album hit me years ago, even before I started working on the Vintage Trumpet Treasures CD. This is a much bigger project than the VTT CD was. When you add up all of the individual trumpet parts, there were well over a hundred individual tracks to record, and that’s only for the tracks that made the cut! Since I recorded all of the tracks myself, the Trumpet Quasi Master project represents a huge time investment.
You can say the same for the compositions. Trumpets of Jubilee took me longer to compose than all the rest of them (about seven years), but each one of these compositions represents a significant number of hours invested. For the ensembles, composition time can range anywhere from a few weeks to a couple years. For example, Four Parables took almost two full years to complete.
Part of the reason it took so long to complete this project is because I always put the work I do for other people first. In the years since I first began working on the Trumpet Quasi Master album, I have written literally hundreds of compositions and arrangements for other people. It’s part of what I do for a living. The same is true for the number of recordings I’ve done for other people during that time. I always put other people’s work first.
I’m a firm believer in serving others before I do my own thing. Yes, it’s true that I derive more pleasure from working on my own projects. But that pleasure would be pointless if I were not serving the people who God has placed in my life. How can this music be an expression of who I am if who I am is all about the music? No, I will not live a recursive, musical lifestyle. I serve others first so that I have something meaningful to say when I’m creating my own music.