The Wedge is not comparable to any mouthpiece that I have ever played on. In every imaginable perspective it is much better than a conventional mouthpiece. The design of the Wedge enables your muscles to relax and makes lip corner movement more easy and natural. Provided with less lip stress and hence less neck stress, it is so much easier for the body to let out air without using force. Using less force means better sound, better flexibility, better range and better endurance. I really find the design of the Wedge to be the natural match of an embouchure and I would not even consider playing a conventional mouthpiece again, it simply feels like a violation to my lip.
I have played on different Wedge mouthpieces with different rim and cup styles and each of them are fantastic and I could live with each of them forever. However, experiencing a Wedge made me believe that there could exist such a thing as a perfect mouthpiece match, and Dave's skills and patience while creating this perfect match for me have been those of a wizard! Working with Dave and Liz in general is such a pleasure and their involvement and warmth is really special. Buying a Wedge actually feels like becoming a new member of a wonderful family.
Thomas Fryland's Biography
Born in a small city near the German border in Denmark 1969, Thomas Fryland started playing the trumpet at the age of 7. He graduated from the Royal Conservatory in the Haag, Holland, after 2 years of study in 1992. Among his teachers were Frans Elsen, Barry Harris, John Ruocco and Ack van Rooyen.
He has released 11 albums as a leader and has participated on a large number of recordings as a sideman. He has received a number of honors for his playing and recordings. From 1998 till 2005 he was a member of the Danish Radio Big Band performing the solo chair in the trumpet section.
Since 2005 he is the teacher of Jazz trumpet at the conservatories in Copenhagen, Århus and Ålborg in Denmark.
Through the years he has recorded and toured with greats like Phil Woods,Kenny Werner, Ferdinand Povel, Joe Lovano, Frans Elsen, Benny Golson, Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Eric Alexander, Renee Rosnes, Sam Yahel, Dave Hazeltine, Kenny Drew, NHØP, Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Tim Hagans, Randy Brecker, Duke Jordan, Toots Thielemans, Ivan Lins, Dick Oatts a.m.o.