New Music for Trumpet and Piano with Percussion

Michael Djupstrom, Libby Larsen, Zack Stanton, David Sterrett, John Williams

JESSE COOK, trumpet
Ryan Smith and James Klausmeyer, percussion

World Premiere Recordings



"...wonderful musicality and a colorful sound... taxing passages are played flawlessly... his sound is resonant and pure across registers... excellent phrasing and musicality throughout... This is a terrific recording with first-rate performances of fantastic original works for the trumpet"
ITG Journal [October 2020]
“Excellent collection of contemporary solo trumpet works...”
Pan Pipes, SAI [Summer 2021]"
The pleasure of hearing this disc derives from both the music and the performances. Three of the composers here were new to me, and I enjoyed their work very much. [Soloist Jesse Cook] plays with technical security, a shining tone, a smooth legato, and real imagination... Ryan Smith and James Klausmeyer, the two percussionists in the Larsen, play with vitality and energy. Edward Neeman’s pianism in the other four works is sensitive to the needs of his trumpet soloist. Very natural recorded sound and helpful program notes round out the disc."
Henry Fogel, Fanfare [Winter 2021]
"Imagined Conversations features four challenging different compositions for the listener, three involving trumpet and piano, and one, trumpet and percussion. They are brought to life by four accomplished musicians... Each of the pieces requires rapt attention because their complexity does not lend itself to casual listening. But, if a degree of devotion is paid to them, the listener may be rewarded."
Joel C. Thompson, Cherry Grove Music Review [January 2021]
"Sterrett's 'Rhapsody' is a traditionally romantic piece with beautiful melodies in the trumpet. I liked Michael Djupstrom's 'Puck', an exuberant and lively piece after the character from A Midsummer Night's Dream... It has the most imaginative and dazzling writing for the trumpet... the performances by Jesse Cook and Edward Neeman are fantastic."
American Record Guide [September/October 2020]
Trumpeter JESSE COOK maintains an active performance schedule, and has appeared with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony and the Jacksonville Symphony. Cook has also performed as a soloist in J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.2 with the Austin Bach Cantata Project, Leonard Bernstein’s Mass for Wind Ensemble and Brass Quintet with the Austin Symphonic Band, Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat with the Round Top Festival Orchestra and with the Wind Ensemble at the University of Texas at Austin. An active recitalist and clinician, Cook has performed for and instructed students at universities across the United States. He has also written several articles published in the International Trumpet Guild Journal and was an invited speaker at the 2019 National Trumpet Competition, 2019 International Trumpet Guild Conference, 2017 Georgia Music Educators Association Conference, 2014 Texas Music Educator Association annual conference and 2014 International Trumpet Guild conference. Cook is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Central Florida, and has also held appointments at Valdosta State University in Georgia, Pittsburg State University in Kansas and Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. Dr. Cook, who received his DMA degree from the University of Texas at Austin, counts among his principal instructors Ray Sasaki, Mark Hughes, Mark Ridenour and Channing Philbrick. He is an Edwards and Getzen Performing Artist.

Australian-American pianist Edward Neeman has performed across five continents. He has received praise for his exceptional technique and for the individuality he brings to his performances without resorting to mannerism. A prizewinner of numerous important international piano competitions, Neeman has appeared as a soloist with the Prague Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and the American West Symphony, among others. Neeman’s debut album, Rachmaninoff & Sitsky, was released to wide acclaim in March 2016. An enthusiastic collaborative artist, he has performed with musicians including Itamar Zorman, Abigail Fischer, Ben Capps, and members of the JACK quartet. Neeman has made numerous piano duet arrangements for the Neeman Piano Duo, in which he performs with his wife, the Indonesian pianist Stephanie Neeman. Neeman holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School. His teachers have included James Tocco, Jerome Lowenthal, Solomon Mikowsky, Santiago Rodriguez, Larry Sitsky and Irena Orlov.

Ryan Smith is Principal Timpanist of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Principal Percussionist for the Albany Symphony Orchestra of Georgia and Acting Principal Percussion for the Macon Symphony Orchestra. Smith is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, NACWPI and NAFME is currently Assistant Professor of Percussion at Valdosta State University. He has also served on faculty at Georgia College, Toccoa Falls College and the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program. Smith holds advanced degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of Georgia and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

James Klausmeyer is an active percussionist and educator in the Columbus, Georgia, area. He serves as an in-house instructor at the Columbus School of Music and Dance and at the Schwob School of Music’s Preparatory division. Klausmeyer is currently Principal Percussionist with the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the Schwob School of Music, and is currently pursuing an Artist’s Diploma there.
PUCK (2008)

ZACK STANTON (b. 1983)
I. Ponderous and Yearning
II. Still and Tender
III. Frenetic and Exuberant


I. Maestoso, Risoluto
II. Slowly
III. Allegro Deciso

LIBBY LARSEN (b. 1950)
I. Quarter = 96-104
II. Eighth = 120-126
III. Quarter = 92-96
IV. Quarter = 120
V. Quarter = 120+

MSR Classics