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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Flugelhorn with Chris “C.D.” Littlefield

posted by on August 21 at 9:45 AM

ChrisLittlefield.jpgChris Littlefield is one of the best musicians in Seattle. Period. When he plays his trumpet and his flugelhorn, his sound dives into your ear. There, cities are made to your inner specifications as quadrants in the whole of the flow. Chris Littlefield is a complete player. His tone, his ear, his phrasing, his presence, and his stream of confidence are all there. His playing is able yet patient, appropriate as the centerpiece yet unafraid to support from the periphery if need be.

Chris is a Seattle musical mainstay. His present endeavors include Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Olympic Sound Collective, Soul Provider, and his main focus Blusirkut, where he does more writing, producing, and experimenting with electronics.

Wednesdays he plays at Lo-Fi with SEAllective (formerly Dasrut) and Thursdays, Chris is part of the Fremont ToST Institution of Marmalade.

Chris’ effects:

Chris’ instruments of choice are the B flat trumpet made by Lawler Trumpets in Florida and the Yamaha 731-ST flugelhorn. Besides Miles Davis, his favorite trumpet players are Woody Shaw, Freddy Hubbard, and Lee Morgan. Chuck Mangione’s “Feel So Good” is the song that convinced Chris he wanted to play flugelhorn.

I caught up with the man Chris himself before playing a Marmalade set to talk flugelhorn. He displays, plays, and talks about embouchure and spit valves.

Marmalade is TONIGHT at ToST:

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The man can play. Great video. I'm not such a Fremont guy, but he's worth a trip. Can I get him to record for me? Chris, can you feel the worship I am sending through the internet?

Posted by Dave | August 21, 2008 11:48 AM

And I wish my guitar had a spit valve. I guess that's Prince's thing though.

Posted by Dave | August 21, 2008 11:49 AM

Cities to my specifications? OK. No tongue tatts though.

Posted by barb | August 21, 2008 12:12 PM

yes chris littlefield is the shit.

Posted by beef | August 21, 2008 12:31 PM

Plus, can I mention that he's freaking HOT?

Posted by scharrera | August 21, 2008 2:00 PM

Top notch!

my question: How do you get a fully processed sound without acoustic bleed of the dry tone? Or do you?

thank you

Posted by paulus | August 21, 2008 10:51 PM

I do get some bleed,especially on loud stages.Usually not too much of a problem since I switched to a small diaphragm clip on dynamic mic [as opposed to a condenser mic].Having my own monitor helps quite a bit as well. I have more control over my sound, like a guitar player with an amp.

Posted by C.D. | August 22, 2008 10:46 PM

Thanks to each & every one of ya for the swell comments.
makes a fella feel all warm and squishy like.

Posted by C.D. | August 22, 2008 11:03 PM

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