Intelligent and outspoken, Frank Glover began playing clarinet when he was eleven years old. On entering college, he trained for nearly two years at Indiana University before striking out on his own; upon the independent release of Politico in 2004, he was signed by Owl Studios and the album was re-released under that label in 2009. Initially training as a classical clarinetist who also plays saxophone, the music of John Coltrane grabbed him; he experienced a musical epiphany as a result. An institution in Indianapolis, Glover has a long history enveloped in a diverse range of musical styles. Abacus (Owl ...read more
Every once in a while a musician comes along that lives and breathes the music. It comes out of his brain, his fingers, his mind and heart. Having debuted with Politico (Owl Studios, 2009)--a reissue of his 2004 self-produced release--clarinetist Frank Glover might just be one of those musicians. Full of soundscapes that reflect the inner as well as the outer life, Abacus takes his music one step farther in textured, deeply colored ways.
Glover, relatively unknown nationally, is highly respected in Indianapolis and for good reason. Classically trained at Indiana University's excellent music program, then ...read more
First released independently but now re-released by Owl Studios, classically trained clarinetist Frank Glover's Politico is a smashing debut; an atmospheric, concatenated narrative.
The clarinet is a peculiar wind instrument with a smooth, sometimes guttural sound that's either loved or hated. Not as bold as a trumpet, it could get overwhelmed in a quartet setting, or at least take a back seat, as it does sometimes in a classical Philharmonic orchestra. Not so with Glover's hands on the keys, who pushes the instrument to the front with force and yet nuanced sensibility. He's accompanied by an ...read more
Politico was self-released by Indianapolis-based clarinettist Frank Glover in 2005. Four years later it has gained a commercial release and one question arises--why did it take so long? The breadth of writing, arranging and playing talent on this album is impressive, and the result is an involving and intensely emotional set of compositions that deserves wide exposure. Three ensembles are featured: a quartet, a string orchestra and a 14-piece jazz orchestra. The album opens in fine style with the quartet performing One Way Ticket." Both Glover and pianist Steve Allee produce strong, inventive solos while bassist Jack ...read more