Yes. Too true. Clarinet players like myself are still trying to play it. Specially the bit that he plays staccato up to top B. That's B above the written range above top C. Never mind, at least there's always Stranger on the Shore.Shaw's solo in this tune is an absolute classic.
"In the late 1940s, Shaw performed classical music at Carnegie Hall and with the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artie_ShawFor me I never want to stop an Artie track midway, unlike Benny or Eddie Daniels. I think the same about benny,s foray into Classical Clarinet even more. When I see Benny playing in front of a big band, I'm amazed that he can be heard above the band. Artie has a beautiful ringing Clarinet sound, and probably could play first Clarinet in a major orchestra if he had chosen that direction. But if he did he wouldn't have met and married Lana Turner or Ava Gardner. LOL.
in that documentary, Mr Shaw says that the difference between himself and Benny Goodman was that Goodman played the clarinet, whereas he played music...
Goodman was locked stylistically in the Chicago/Dixieland style, and IMO never evolved where he really should have. This might explain why he complained about most Jazz forms that followed, including Bop. He wasn't as creative with his solos, and repeated himself. I also find that he often played gratingly sharp in the upper register.I really like both. Just wondering what it is about Shaw's playing that appeals more to you.
I should play so gratingly sharp, or be so uncreative in my solos. Or play to sellout crowds at Carnegie Hall. Not bad for over seventy years ago, when he was considered an upstart, along with other legends of his era. Guess I'm just a touchy old geezer who was raised listening to all the 78's of my older siblings who attended the live concerts of Goodman, Shaw, Miller, etc. I can't find a damned thing to criticize about any of them. Only to emulate.
Probably Haywood Henry. One of the Bama State Collegians who became Erskine Hawkins Orchestra. The others it might be include Paul Bascomb(Ts), Juilain Dash(Ts), William Johnson