Prominent European purveyors of jazz clarinet fare--The Clarinet Trio and Le Trio De Clarinettes--align for a joint mission on this set that covers a wide spectrum of applications, ideas and surprises. They induce the sounds of nature and render highly melodic song forms while including doses of humor amid punchy motifs and hordes of delicate contrasts. At times the sextet operates within quiet and hauntingly introspective settings and launches circular ostinatos, used for sounding boards and assorted improvisational activities. The divergent program is underscored on the jazz element, tinted with chamber and free-floating exchanges. The musicians merge unlikely ...read more
The Clarinet Trio is made up of Jürgen Kupke (clarinet), Gebhard Ullmann (bass clarinet) and Theo Nabicht (bass clarinet). Although this somewhat straitened instrumental lineup would seem limited, these three musicians have tremendous stylistic ability and virtuosic breadth. On these 19 brief pieces they move through a world of clarinet approaches - indeed, often they do so in the course of one piece.
To take just one example, Klezmer . . . Flower . . . Tag . . .," although it is not even three and a half minutes long, has enough time to unfold a theme with modern ...read more
The Clarinet Trio is: Jurgen Kupke (clarinet), Gebhard Ullmann (bass clarinet) and Theo Nabicht (bass clarinet). Oct. 1, ‘98 was recorded live in an old chamber-music hall in Berlin and features 19 tracks in total which average between 2-4 minutes in length.
Charming, clamorous, playful and for the most part, thoroughly entertaining, this Clarinet Trio succeeds with fresh ideas, a multifaceted approach and impeccable execution. Gebhard Ullmann’s “Heaven No. 27” features an interesting blend of harmony, as the choruses are gleeful while the melody line sounds like some off-center Polka. Interludes of clever dialogue surface as the tone is at ...read more