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Clarinets Jazz and the Clarinet


Yes, and that's it,brilliant players, all over the instrument,but ultimately nothing that you remember.
I can't agree about nothing to remember. Listen to the Artie Shaw last recordings with the Gramercy Five. Some of the best jazz clarinet ever recorded. I'd say some of the best jazz ever recorded but that's just plain asking for a fight and I've promised not to do that any more.

To the OP, I would suggest Tony Scott in his earlier incarnation before he goes off to Japan and becomes king of meditation music or the fantastic cd, A Jazz Life, that he put out before his recent death.

Never a headliner but always a wonderful player is Jimmy Hamilton with the Duke Ellington orchestra.


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yay! Giora Feidman ... with Maxim Vengerov !!,
I listen to a lot of eastern-european / gypsy / klezmer players nowadays.
anyway i can't post links yet, but , jazz wise, check youtube for these two guys...
Ken Peplowski, and Bernard Berkhout


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Thanks for reviving this thread. Another New Orleans "traditional jazz" clarinetist I recently became acquainted with is Tim Laughlin. (pronounced Lock-lin) His playing could be described as sweet and smooth.


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Tim Laughlin. (pronounced Lock-lin)
It happened with a dearest Scottish friend. He kept talking about some Jon "McLocklin'"an I took a while to understand "John Mc Laughlin"


It happened with a dearest Scottish friend. He kept talking about some Jon "McLocklin'"an I took a while to understand "John Mc Laughlin"
Have you tried 'Menzies'?

It can be said as spelled. But it can also be pronounced 'Mingiss'. Here in Scotland where the second pronunciation is more common, no-one can make their mind up about the right way to say it and even some bona fide Menzies' seem confused


Lester Young with the Kansas City Six (1938 I believe)
Jimmy Hamilton with Ellington (Nutcracker Suite)
two very different players.


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I love Jazz and it is that love that got me interested in playing the saxophone in the first place. That said I think I’ll always be a keys player first and foremost but sometimes I find it a little boring sound wise. I suppose that’s why I love my synths and workstations as they add some spice to the mix. I also love playing the organ which is also great for jazz and it certainly spices things up from a standard acoustic piano.

Personally speaking when playing or listening to jazz I am biased to instrumentals. Essentials instruments (in my opinion of course) is drums, bass (double bass is my favourite) and a piano / organ. A guitar however is optional and doesn’t always work. As there aren’t any vocals I think a Brass or woodwind instrument is needed and truly believe the saxophone is the ultimate beast. That said that I find a trumpet, trombone and clarinet are also worthy lead instruments.

To the crux, as you know due to hearing related issues last year I had to stop playing my beloved saxophone and that really bummed me out. I started again properly after Christmas this year and I’m getting back on form, albeit slowly. I had all the typical issues that I’ve overcome one by one. The only thing left to overcome now is the palm keys. Not attempting the altissimo yet and may put that off for a while longer.

However despite being able to play again I’m still finding that the tenor uncomfortably loud at times and still causes tinnitus. Nothing like it was but enough to make me struggle to hear the notes and if I can’t hear, can’t play!

So to get around this problem I’ve opted to take up the clarinet. Naturally in Bb as I can play the same pieces. Without a doubt it’s a quieter beast to the Tenor Saxophone. I call it a beast as it’s in my opinion harder to tame than a tenor saxophone or might be because I’m so used to the relaxed embouchure of the tenor. It’s certainly easy to record with compared to the sax.

I’m settling down nicely with the clarinet though and I’m intonation is improving. Getting used to the keywork was weird to begin with despite the sam fingerings. It seems like a good alternative to the saxophone for me. It doesn’t take long to adjust to the tenor even if I’ve not picked it up for a week so I pleased about that.

I just wondered how many of you play the clarinet in a Jazz environment as well as which tunes and clarinetists you prefer. Sidney Bechet playing “Blue Horizon” is one that springs to mind for me. If any of you know of the clarinat being used in a Jazz-Fusion / Jazz-Rock please let me know!

Nice post but, Video not available.....??
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