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Praise for the Album

"Russ Zokaites shines in this diverse and colorful album made during one of the most trying times in modern history. From chamber music to fully orchestrated concertos, he finds a unique and warm voice that takes you on a musical journey into many different landscapes. I particularly enjoyed the lush interplay of cello, piano, and bass trombone in "Serenity" by Martin Hebel, and the funky looped beats and harmonies of  "A Strange Wayfarer" by William Timmons." ~ John Romero Principal Trombonist Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

"Russ Zokaites has assembled a great collection of new pieces that he has had a large hand in getting composed. Brad Edwards's duets - composed for Zokaites - are excellent concert duets that he and CCM Trombone Professor Tim Anderson handle with excellent style and smooth coordination. In Martin Hebel's Serenity, Zokaites uses his opportunity to sing a beautiful soulful Appalachian tune in a chamber setting with piano and cello. The cornerstone of this recording is his commission of Grammy winner Kenneth Fuchs in a beautiful concerto for bass trombone, performed with the US Army Band. Zokaites's playing is light and lyrical, ranging easily from flying high phrases to majestic statements in the low pedal range. Fellow South Carolinian and CCM grad, Will Timmons wrote a very compelling piece for bass trombone and loop station that slowly builds up in momentum. Zokaites plays with varying styles and colors to create a brilliant sonic texture in an exciting conclusion. This is a worthy recording that will introduce you to an excellent bass trombonist performing new music inspired by his Appalachian home." ~ George Curran Bass Trombone New York Philharmonic

Interview with Ethan Jenkins and Russ Zokaites on WMKY Morehead Public Radio

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Bootleg was the #1 New Release on Amazon the week of Nov. 5 2021. Please purchase the album here.

Check out this article on Morehead State University's Trail Blazer Newspaper. Or this one on Last Row Music.

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