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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joseph Howell: Time Made to Swing

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Ace clarinetist Dr. Joseph D. Howell dedicated this CD to the late Buddy DeFranco, king of bebop clarinet. In addition to being a role model as a player, his recordings with accordionist Tommy Gumina inspired Howell's collaboration with Cory Pesaturo, accordionist on this album. The accordion has found its way onto a number of jazz recordings recently, with pianist/organist Gary Versace a frequent doubler. Bassist Max Murray and drummer Ele Rubinstein complete the quartet. The program is a mix of ...

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Take Five With Joseph David Howell

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Meet Joseph David Howell: Dr. Joseph D. Howell has gone from being a mostly self-taught musician from a poor small-town family to earning a Doctor of Musical Arts from a prestigious conservatory. Today he professionally performs, composes, and teaches music of many styles and instruments while maintaining an artistic focus on jazz clarinet and sax. Instrument(s): Clarinet, tenor sax, and others. Teachers and/or influences? Jazz Teachers: Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, ...

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Joseph Howell: Jazz Clarinet Now

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"Don't judge a book--or CD--by its cover" may be a cliché, but it's still good advice. Joseph Howell's Jazz Clarinet Now features a smiling picture of Howell, neatly attired in a suit and tie, a high-and-tight haircut, and thin-framed glasses. Prominently holding his clarinet, the cover screams old-timey, Benny Goodman Swing-era period piece. Of course, the problem with judging a CD by its cover is, sometimes you get caught with your pants down. Jazz Clarinet Now is one ...