Musical Opinion

More than an hour of new music from Japan for Solo Trombone is a formidable proposition, and listening to the disc in one sitting is not recommended. However, this music is well worth getting to know, not least for Barry Webb’s unstinting commitment to the project and the consistency of his playing. The composers are generally quite young and little known, but they all have a firm grasp of advanced trombone techniques, including vocal and percussive effects. Some are likely to make a wider impact in the future. The most arresting item involved a radical transformation of the Japanese National Anthem.

—reviewer unknown