Prominent European purveyors of jazz clarinet fareThe Clarinet Trio and Le Trio De Clarinettesalign 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 instances of whimsy and austerity via a late-night vibe on "Bizarre," where they contract and offer space for individual soloists to expand. But there are some passages that are designed with frenzied jaunts and mesmeric choruses. On "Desert... Bleue... East," the musicians profess lament with gently interweaving choruses, then step it up a few notches with popping notes and calamitous outbursts during "Itineraries Bis," featuring laughter in the background. Here, the artists parlay a semblance of youthful wonderment.
"Launedas(Die) Laune das (macht was)," is steeped in a loosely organized bump and grind groove, splattered with mini-themes and intersecting dialogues. It's also comprised of multi-register tonal swashes and shrewdly engineered improvisational parts. Indeed, the album sports an all-encompassing baseline and trajectory. After several listens it becomes difficult to imagine what else could have been pulled off. No doubt, Itineraire Bis is one of the finer clarinet-centric outings I have had the pleasure of previewing in quite some time.
Track Listing: Almost Twenty-Eight; Variationen uber Rauch und Moder; Bizarre; FAK!;
Charles Town, But Yesterday…; Desert… Bleue… East; Catwalk Munzstrasse;
Intineraire bis; Launedas – (Die) Laune das (macht was); Keks ist
Personnel: The Clarinet Trio – Jurgen Kupke: clarinet; Michael Thieke: alto
clarinet, clarinet; Gebhard Ullmann: bass clarinet. Le Trio De
Clarinettes: Armand Angster: clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass
clarinet; Sylvain Kassap: Eb clarinet, clarinet, bass clarinet; Jean-
Marc Foltz: clarinet, bass clarinet.
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith. We hung out at my Aunt Kate's Soul Food restaurant in Harlem after the matinees at the Apollo where I listened to their stories. I knew I wanted to be a jazz musician from then on. My mother wanted me to play piano, but my Aunt bought me a guitar. I've been playing ever since.
At my mother's early prompting, I first sang Blue Velvet at my Catholic elementary school...and all the nuns came running in and asked me to sing again, so I knew I must have sounded pretty good. I've been singing ever since.
I met Tony Bennett in Miami and he inspired me to return to New York. He was a great mentor.
The best show I ever attended is mpossible to say, I've seen so many great shows. From Tony Bennett to Pat Martino, Return to Forever to Weather Report...I've seen some great performances.
My advice to new listeners is don't let jazz intimidate you, the music has something for every listener and it is our American gift to the world.