On the Horizon


William Campbell, trumpet

Ellen Elder, piano



“Jason’s soaring lyricism and effortlessly resonant sound really shine throughout this great compilation of new works for trumpet. Talent plus musicality is a rare combination, but Jason has it all! Off to the practice room…” – Ethan Bensdorf, Second Trumpet, New York Philharmonic.

“Dear Jason, Please accept a big BRAVO for your wonderful CD. It took me a while to have the time to listen to it, but was a rewarding experience. You sound musical, with an easy way of playing and solid technique. The repertoire is fresh and interesting. You and Bill Campbell sound absolutely great on the Concerto. Bravo again!” – Fernando Dissenha, Solo Trumpet – São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, Yamaha Artist

“On the Horizon” is a wonderful addition to my trumpet recording library. Jason Bergman is spectacular, both as a soloist and as a collaborator. The ensemble throughout the CD is excellent and his performance of “Call” is inspiring.” – Robert Frear, Trumpet Professor, Cal State – Long Beach; former solo trumpet, Israel Philharmonic; LA recording artist; and Yamaha performing artist

“Jason Bergman’s trumpet is as clear, bold, and bright as the gloriously sunlit sky on the album cover, doing justice and then some to the sharply defined melody lines of the six 21st-century compositions referred to in the subtitle. It’s to William Campbell’s credit that when he joins Bergman for Erik Morales’ Concerto for Two Trumpets and José Pasqual-Vilaplana’s “Les Noces Del Manyà” there’s no loss of expressiveness or quality—and to the pianist Ellen Elder’s credit that she doesn’t so much accompany as complement.” worldmag.com

“This CD opens with the film-ic “Centennial Horizon” which puts us in a place of wide-open spaces, and a sense of new beginnings (like the end of film noir movie when they move to the country to start a new life).  It sets the tone for a CD that both pleases and takes risks in new territory.  Two spanish-flavored works are equally accessible, and two concert works (one of the with a second trumpet, William Campbell joining for a trio) that are more challenging and experimental.  The combination of all these flavors makes for a strong technical calling-card for Bergman, and a program of varied interest for us as listeners.” WSCL Blog 


Kevin McKee (b. 1980) – CENTENNIAL HORIZON (2011)

Antônio Guerreiro (b. 1949) – THREE PIECES FOR TRUMPET AND PIANO (2011)

James Stephenson (b. 1969) – CALL (2003)

John Stevens (b. 1951) – SONATA FOR TRUMPET AND PIANO (2008)

Erik Morales (b. 1966) – CONCERTO FOR TWO TRUMPETS (2013)*

José Pascual-Vilaplana (b. 1971) – LES NOCES DEL MANYÀ (2005)*

*with William Campbell

WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS: Guerreiro, Stephenson, Morales, Vilaplana


This project began with a desire to record new, accessible and substantial works for the trumpet and piano. I have been fortunate to perform these works many times and each one has become a personal favorite. Centennial Horizon is a beautiful and lyrical work that is exciting for the performers as much as it is for the listener. Kevin McKee has a bright future as a composer. Three Pieces is a fantastic new work that relays my affinity for Brazilian music. I lived in Brazil for two years, and I love the people, the country, the language, and the music of Brazil. Call is one of the few remaining unrecorded works for trumpet by Jim Stephenson. I first heard his music in 2007 at a performance of Jim’s Fantasie by Paul Merkelo and Rebecca Wilt. Mr. Stephenson’s music inspires me and I am happy to be able record this enjoyable unaccompanied solo. I first became aware of John Stevens’ Sonata for Trumpet and Piano in 2008. It is a trumpet sonata that pushes each performer to the limit. I am particularly moved by the tender and gorgeous second movement. Concerto for Two Trumpets is another stellar work for the trumpet by Erik Morales. Erik has added many valuable contributions to the trumpet’s repertoire in recent years. The honor to record this piece with my teacher, William Campbell, is one of the great privileges I’ve had. His positive influence on me as a person, mentor, and artist is profound. I treasure these two works we have recorded together. I first heard Les Noces del Manyà in July 2012. At my wife’s request, I took it to our recording session. We quickly read it and recorded it in the last 15 minutes of our final recording session. It is a gem and I dedicate it to my wife with all my love. Finally, this project wouldn’t be possible without the enormous artistic contributions of my good friend, colleague, and collaborator Ellen Elder. She is as good as they come, and I am thrilled we could create this recording together. [Jason Bergman, 2013)


Recording Credits:

Recorded 16-18 July, 2013 in Legacy Hall and the Feighner Recording Studio, Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University, Georgia.

Producers: William Campbell, Tao Ge and Jason Bergman.

Tracking engineers: Toshiro Chun and David Malkiel.

Editing, mixing and mastering engineer: Matthew McCabe.

Product management: Robert LaPorta.

Package design: Tim Schwartz @ OnionProductions.com. Cover image: Vitaly Krivosheev.



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