Don't get me wrong, I love trumpet playing. Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan and Woody Shaw are three of my all-time favorite jazz musicians on any instrument. That said, the truth is that the trumpet is a really loud instrument and being higher-pitched than a sax it can dominate a jam session when played by a hot-shot grand-stander out to outdo any woodwinds around. Up to now I have not had this experience because there are very few trumpet players here to begin with and even fewer who play at blues and rock jams. The few that do have up to now been much mellower and low-key, tending to play in the lower registers and not try and dominate the mix.
Now there is a guy however, who is quite adept at playing high notes and all sorts of splatters and smears and wha-wha sounds because he's a trumpet teacher somewhere and has volume to spare. He is also quite tall and when he plays he aims his horn straight out so that his sound blows right across the stand directly in my face on the other side. As a result I am beginning to get a vexing distaste for the sound of the instrument -- its stridency and in your face tonalities, something not conducive to my love for music.
However I realize that it is his playing of it and not the instrument itself. Hence my Topic line which is really only in jest. Well, maybe only half in jest. Anyone else have similar experiences with the tri-valved bazooka?