Monday, April 7, 2014

Transcribing John Williams - "Catch Me If You Can"

Over the weekend I heard a wonderfully eerie, mysterious John Williams piece while watching the fantastic film Catch Me If You Can, and I just had to transcribe it to figure out what was going on harmonically and functionally.  Although it's not terribly complex (a second-inverted triad in parallel motion, opposite in motion to a singular bass note), it sounded so when I first heard it -- what a great effect.  Enjoy this short transcription:


Monday, March 17, 2014

Hear Knox on "Achmed Saves America" tomorrow

This past summer I was fortunate to again be tapped by film composer Nathan Wang to be part of his music team for ventriloquist Jeff Dunham's hilarious animated film, Achmed Saves America, which premieres Friday, March 28 on Country Music Television and will be released tomorrow on Blu-Ray and DVD.  I can be heard on trumpet, acoustic guitar, and helped orchestrate and produce Nathan's score.  The most fun part was going into the studio to co-produce Jeff Dunham's vocal session (music by Nathan Wang) alongside legendary Broadway singer-actress Susan Egan (she was the original "Belle" in Broadway's Beauty And The Beast, and is also a voice actor in "Achmed").  Jeff's a nice guy and one talented dude.  If you love Jeff Dunham and his cast of misfit characters, you'll love this movie -- Check it out on CMT March 28 or pre-order the DVD now!    - Knox

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Visiting P. Mauriat's pro shop in Taipei

  TAIPEI CITY –– I had a great time today visiting wind instrument manufacturer P. MAURIAT's beautiful Artist Service Center here in Taipei City, Taiwan and meeting Alex Hsieh, the owner.  Their new 700UL model plays great!  Great intonation and sound.  They only started designing and making trumpets 5 years ago, so continue to look for good things to come from P. Mauriat's brass department.  Check out their full line of trumpets here!
with the 700UL model, un-lacquered
with P. Mauriat owner Alex Hsieh