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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by EllroyJames, Mar 26, 2019.
Swedish clarinetist Åke ”Stan” Hasselgård live 1948. Wardell Gray on tenor sax
Love me some bass clarinet, too!
Yes! One of my all time favourites, have it on the Proper box for Wardell Gray, a gem if anyone is interested. Stan died in an auto accident. Died way too young!
Wow, those sure do bring back memories! I played clarinet, bass clarinet, and baritone sax in the school band from 4th to 10th grade. I wanted to switch to a cooler instrument in high school such as drums but the band teacher didn't allow it, so I quit. Looking back, I wish I hadn't quit but whatcha gonna do?
Thanks for posting!
More Murray. One for Dolphy!
The clarinet was my first instrument. I played in the school band in the 5th and 6th grade. My parents bought a nice instrument. I wish I still had it. It was hard to be cool with a clarinet about 1969. I still enjoy the instrument today. My Dad loved Benny Goodman.
We have to have some Dolphy, himself!
"Out to Lunch" is one of my favourite albums.
This was my first recollection of hearing Clarinet in a 'non-classical' environment.
My dad was very good on the clarinet (also played alto sax). Spent many good times accompanying him playing 30's/40's music with him during my school years. He passed away at 91 in December of 2015. The only thing of his that I really wanted was his clarinet, which I now have. Benny Goodman and Woody Herman were two he liked a lot, along with Pete Fountain.
He served in WW II, landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, fought in the Battle Of The Bulge and was captured and spent 5 months in a German prison camp. Weighed just 82 pounds when the Russians liberated the prison camp.
Anyway, his unit had liberated a French town and were marching through the town to cheering people. My dad saw someone with a clarinet and asked if he could use it. He began playing the French National anthem the rest of the way through town. He said the people were really cheering then!
My wife also played the clarinet in school.
I know! Wow such a toneful instrument. A band at a street fair we played at last year had one. Very cool sound.
Favorite gangster jazz song from the 30’s.
I was really impressed when I saw John Jorgenson, who I knew as one of the Hellecasters, put down his guitar and pick up a clarinet.
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Pee Wee Russell plays Ornette! This whole record is excellent, I really enjoy the high reed/low brass front line. See also Steve Lacy & Roswell Rudd.
Jimmy Giuffre is another master of the instrument, I love his sound.
You knew he was coming sooner or later:
I, too, played the licorice stick in elementary school. I was the only boy in the orchestra, 8th or 9th chair as I recall. I am so thankful to somehow have kept my horn all these years. It’s a plastic student model Vito, but if you know how to play, it doesn’t sound bad. I kept it maintained (new pads as needed, etc.), and I bought a mid-level Vandoren mouthpiece for it.
I love playing the blues on clarinet. I play along with blues recordings for hours. I have even used it on some of my original rock tunes that I have recorded.