Best Jazz trumpet songs

January 1, 2017

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In a previous installment of the Ambient DJ blog titled "The Saxiest Songs Ever" we compiled a list of compelling songs featuring the saxophone. Sax-centric songs were relatively easy to find. In this blog, we compile a list of 25 songs featuring trumpet (or flugelhorn).

The trumpet is less frequently used by producers, but is a great choice for achieving euphoric highs given the instrument's high upper range. The muted trumpet (as used by Miles Davis) is a cool and sexy sound. Our 25 selections hit numerous genres including jazz, funk, Latin, hip hop, dance, ska, classical and more! Click 'read more' below to view the list, and please comment with your own personal favorites.

25 Great Songs Featuring a Trumpet (compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient)

  1. Cantaloupe Island - Herbie Hancock (jazz)
  2. All You Need is Love - The Beatles (rock)
  3. The Distance - Cake (alternative rock)
  4. You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon (funk)
  5. Cheerleader - OMI (Caribbean)
  6. The Rascal King - The Mighty Bosstones (ska)
  7. The Hustle - Van McCoy (disco)
  8. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) - Us3 (90s) (uses Cantaloupe Island sample)
  9. Rise - Herb Alpert (jazz) (sampled in the Notorious BIG's classic "Hypnotize"
  10. Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione (jazz)
  11. On Green Dolphin Street - Miles Davis (jazz)
  12. Hello Dolly! - Louis Armstrong (jazz)
  13. Maiden Voyage (f/Freddie Hubbard) - Herbie Hancock (jazz)
  14. I Remember Clifford - Freddie Hubbard (jazz)
  15. I Fall in Love Too Easily - Chet Baker (jazz)
  16. A Night in Tunisia - Dizzy Gillespie (jazz)
  17. Mambo Caliente - Arturo Sandoval (Latin)
  18. The Dreamer - Jose James (jazz vocalist)
  19. The Love in Me - Lisa Stansfield (90s/dance) (check out trumpet solo @ 3:25)
  20. Deeper (Brian Tappert’s Soulfuric Vocal) - Groove Junkie f/Solara & Raya Beam (dance)
  21. Shot Caller - French Montana (hip hop) (the original sample is from the Thom Bell Orchestra's "Theme for L.A.'s Team", which was subsequently sampled in Digital Underground's "Funky Child")
  22. Love Theme (from Wild Orchid) - Paradise (soundtracks)
  23. Summertime - Chris Botti f/David Foster (easy listening)
  24. Trumpet Tune - Purcell (classical/wedding)
  25. Trumpet Voluntary (Prince of Denmark’s March) - Clarke (classical/wedding)

    BONUS - Funkin' for Jamaica - Tom Browne

  26. Flight of the Bumblebee - Rimsy-Korsakov (Classical) (as performed by Wynton Marsalis)
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