The renowned nature photographer and blogger Lorna Sass also has a deep affection for small-band swinging jazz.  She offers a few portraits taken at the 2010 festival.  Here she captures the heroic Bent Persson, plunger mute in position over what I believe is a Solotone mute — all too technical, but this portrait makes it appear that the interior of Bent’s horn is red-hot, which is absolutely accurate.

Here’s the extraordinary (and nattily-attired) Josh Duffee, the virtuoso of the choke-cymbal, beating it out, caught in mid-stroke, pensive and relaxed all at once.

The heated and lyrical Andy Schumm, in the special trumpeters’-cornetists’ zone, eyes rolled back in his head: echoes of the famous portrait of Louis at Symphony Hall, 1947.  Working hand, Andy is shedding light all around him!

Not only did Lorna capture Malcolm Sked on his shiny and sonorous tuba, but the reflection of the entire orchestra, assembled, as well!


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  2. That’s not a Solotone, but a pixie mute. A Humes and Berg Stonelined metal pixie mute, to be exact.
    A Solotone looks like a straight mute shoved into another straight mute, and is much too long to use in conjunction with a plunger.
    Wanna see my mute-seum? Or visit the mute-tique?

  3. I think it would be safest for me to remain mute in the face of such expertise, you pixie, you! MS

  4. Stompy Jones

    It’s a mute point.

  5. I hate to argue with such a knowledgeable and distinguished brass practitioner as Mr Kellso, but I happen to know (having shared a dressing-room with Bent on the night) that the object in question is a stubby, pear-shaped metal straight mute (not unlike the Conn mutes that turn up so often in vintage cornet cases) with a red anodised finish. And, Michael, to be pedantic – which, as you know, I am – Malcolm Sked is playing a sousaphone rather than a tuba. Great photos, though – may we have more?

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