Trumpet player Malcolm McNab toured with Zappa's Grand Wazoo Orchestra, September 1972, and with the Petit Wazoo Orchestra (or The Mothers, as they were called at the time) from October until December 1972.
He took part in the recordings of "The Grand Wazoo" and of "Lather" / "Orchestral Favorites", and can be heard on the "The Guitar World According To Frank Zappa", "Joe's Domage" and "Imaginary Diseases" album.
In 2006, Malcolm McNab released his first solo album, entitled "Exquisite - - The Artistry of Malcolm McNab". On this album Malcolm McNab performs a number of pieces with chamber ensembles. One of these pieces is Zappa's 'The Be-Bop Tango'.
July 18, 2012, Bobby Marquis aired an interview with Malcolm McNab on CKCU-FM, Ottowa's community radio station, as part of his "Frank Zappa Alumni Special" series.
|van dyke parks:
discover america (2)
(1972, lp, usa, ??) - incl.various zappa alumni
mothers: the grand wazoo
(1972, lp, usa, bizarre)
|1974 mayorga, lincoln- lincoln mayorga & distinguished col|
|1975 nilsson, harry- duit on mon dei|
|1976 lee, peggy- mirrors|
|1979 love at first bite- love at first bite|
|1979 frank zappa- orchestral favorites|
|1987 frank zappa- the guitar world according to frank zappa|
|1988 mccann, les- butterfly|
|1988 spies- by way of the world|
|1991 shire, david- david shire: at the movies (trumpet, cornet)|
|1991 byrne, david- forest|
|1993 la philharmonic trombo- music for all seasons (trombone)|
|1994 rampal, jean-pierre- fascinatin' rampal (jean-pierre ram
|1994 newman, randy- maverick|
|frank zappa: the lost episodes
(1996, cd, usa, ryko)
|frank zappa: lšther
(1996, 3cd, usa, ryko)
|old gringo- old gringo|
|frank zappa: joe's domage
(2004, cd, usa, vaulternative records)
|frank zappa: imaginary diseases
(2006, cd, usa, zappa records)
exquisite - the artistry of malcolm mcnab
(2006, cd, usa, kinnell house records 1001) - incl. 'the be-bop tango' (frank zappa)
|frank zappa: wazoo
(2007, 2cd, usa, vaulternative records)
|frank zappa: one shot deal
(2008, cd, usa, zappa records)
(2016, cd, usa, zappa records zr20026)
Malcolm McNab started playing trumpet when he was nine years old with his father, Boyd McNab, as his first teacher. The young McNab won a PTA scholarship which allowed him to take trumpet lessons from Walter Laursen, noted Pasadena teacher and musician. Laursen made it possible for McNab to play trumpet in the Pasadena Symphony at age 16.
McNab started studying at the age of 19 with James Stamp, a relationship that continued thereafter for many years. After touring with the San Francisco Ballet and an army stint with the West Point Band, he studied privately with William Vacchiano and John Ware, both of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He then toured the state of Maine for a year with a brass quintet. Returning to the Los Angeles area in 1969, McNab began his successful career as a studio musician and performer with symphony, ballet and theater orchestras.
Solo appearances include the California Chamber Symphony, Denver Symphony, Los Angeles Pops, Hollywood Bowl, San Diego Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, and the Pasadena Pops. Two-time winner of the Most Valuable Player Award of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, McNab has appeared on numerous records with major recording artists from 1970 to the present. These include concert groups such as the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra, L.A. Chamber Orchestra, N.Y. City Opera; popular artists such as Dionne Warwick, Frank Zappa, Peggy Lee, Chicago, Singers Unlimited, and The Carpenters. He can be heard on the Olympic recordings of 1984,1988,and 1992.
H i s television experience includes playing in the Academy Awards, Grammy, and Emmy Awards orchestras for many years; performing on the title tracks of the major network news themes; and solo performances on such TV shows as "Deep Space Nine", "Highway to Heaven", and "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman".
M c N a b ' s motion picture soundtrack credits number over 1,200 from 1970 to the present and include: E.T. , Jaws , Scrooged , Cocoon: The Return , Coming to America , Indiana Jones , the Final Chapter , Star Trek (1 thru 6), The Package , Karate Kid III , Little Mermaid , Field of Dreams , Glory , War of the Roses , Always , Hard to Kill , Night Breed , Pretty Woman , Dick Tracy , Home Alone , Edward Scissorhands , Bonfire of the Vanities , Misery , Hook , Beauty & the Beast , Final Analysis , Rocketeer , Sleepwalkers , Robin Hood , Jurassic Park , Wyatt Earp , Maverick , Outbreak , First Knight , Congo , Batman Forever , Under Siege 2 , Waterworld , The Net , My Fellow Americans , Space Jam , Toy Story , James and the Giant Peach , First Wives Club , Mars Attacks , 101 Dalmations , Dante's Peak , Liar, Liar , Lost World , Men in Black , Speed 2 , Batman and Robin , My Best Friend's Wedding , and Hercules .
H i s solo trumpet can be heard on such soundtracks as: Dances with Wolves , The Gambler , Avalon , Crimson Tide , City Hall , In Country , Twister , Executive Decision , Independence Day , Con Air , Air Force One , The Postman , U.S.Marshalls , Renaissance Man, Toys, and L.A. Confidential .
T e a c h i n g experience at the college level includes positions at U.C.L.A., Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, Pomona College and at the Claremont Music Festival. His students have gone into such orchestras as the Houston Symphony and the Boston Pops Orchestra. In addition he has lectured at the International Trumpet Guild and the New York Brass Conference.
|picture taken from the inside of his first solo album
you're not a trumpeter, you've never heard the name Malcolm McNab. But
you've heard him play; since 1970, this Hollywood studio musician has
contributed to some 1,500 movie soundtracks, including prominent solo
work in Dances with Wolves and L.A. Confidential. When John Williams
guest-conducted the Tucson Symphony once in the 1990s, with no
disrespect to the local trumpet section he wanted to be sure he had a
trumpeter who could handle the Hollywood style, so he brought McNab with
him. In Los Angeles, this fellow commands the respect of a Wynton
is no refuge for musicians who can't cut it in the classical world.
Studio musicians must be able to sight-read anything, from simple
melodies to wild excursions, and they have to put it all across with
style and confidence, knowing that their work will be heard again and
again, if sometimes only subliminally, by millions of people over the
course of decades. (The next time you slip Jaws or E.T. into your DVD
player, you're hearing Malcolm McNab-for the umpteenth time-in the
McNab comes to the forefront with a classical CD, Exquisite, revolving
around, of all things, Billy May's trumpet transcription of
Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. The music is challenging enough for the
instrument for which it was written, and the trumpet version is even
tougher. But McNab has worked on the score for more than 25 years, and
in this recording he plays it as if it were the most idiomatic trumpet
concerto in the world.
almost. Tchaikovsky's double and triple stops are impossible on the
trumpet, and the brass instrument can't match the violin's variety of
tone colors. (Part of the problem here is that McNab's microphone is too
close to allow his instrument's sound to bloom.) Aside from the double
stops, though, McNab plays the music pretty much as written, violinistic
as it is. Something as straightforward on the violin as playing little
ornamental notes while crossing the bow quickly from one string to the
next translates into a wide and awkward leap on the trumpet, but even
here McNab manages to sound more like a musician than a Hollywood stunt
of his runs are pristine, with an even tone across the wide range. His
flashy first-movement cadenza ventures into upper and lower extremes I
didn't know were possible on the trumpet (in truth, the bottom note
sounds more like gastric distress than music). The second movement
showcases McNab's lyrical abilities, and throughout the three-movement
work the soloist seems to have mastered the technique of circular
breathing; you never hear him pause for a gulp of breath.
overdubbing, McNab also plays both solo parts in a transcription of
Bach's Concerto for Two Violins. There's a long tradition of reworking
Baroque concertos for trumpet, although the source material was usually
for oboe rather than violin. Even so, this concerto lends itself more
naturally to the trumpet than does the flashy Tchaikovsky. McNab's
playing is crisp in spirit, although in practice it's more legato than
Baroque specialists might wish.
disc continues with a little suite called Saloon Music by the
accomplished film composer Bruce Broughton (Silverado, Tombstone).
Scored for cornet and pit orchestra, the suite has much in common with
Jacques Ibert's Divertissement, although Broughton's music is more
syncopated and American-sounding.
disc concludes with Frank Zappa's brash and tricky Be-Bop Tango. McNab
toured with Zappa during the latter's Grand Wazoo days, and it's amazing
that McNab ever managed to play this difficult piece live. He certainly
pulls it off in this studio recording.
2007 07 18
FROM KINNELL HOUSE RECORDS
are happy to announce that Malcolm McNab will be
the in-studio guest on Jim Svejda's Show, Thursday, July 19th, from 7 PM until
midnight PST (Pacific Standard Time) on KUSC 91.5 FM in Los Angeles and KUSC.org
on the Internet.
will be interviewed about his successful career and new CD, EXQUISITE. Jim will
also be playing the entire CD throughout the program as well as excerpts from
several motion picture sound tracks featuring Malcolm.
To listen to the program on the Internet, please click or go to: http://www.kusc.org/php/Programming/listen.php
also, Royer Labs has posted a feature page on Malcolm and his new CD, "Exquisite" complete with photos and audio clips. To view click or go to: http://www.royerlabs.com/session_photos/malcolm_mcnab.html
For more information please also visit: http://www.malcolmmcnab.com/
-- info: Charles Ulrich