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Marty Nau Group: Mood Ebony

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An all-clarinet album is a rare thing in jazz these days. The B-flat clarinet has an old-fashioned sound, ubiquitous in the early days of jazz, but gradually replaced by the bigger, deeper, and often more aggressive reed sound of the saxophones. Early New Orleans bands at the birth of the form almost always featured the “stick," but with a few exceptions, it has become something of a rarity. Multi-reedist Marty Nau has made a credible effort to reaffirm ...

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Marty Nau Group: At The Bouquet Chorale

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Hardcore alto sax fanatics can finally rejoice--their day has come! At The Bouquet Chorale features not just altoist Marty Nau but two of his comrades in the alto brotherhood, Vince Lardear and the great Phil Woods. Although the three men are all accomplished players, they wisely refrain from each playing solos on every track and overstaying their welcome. Often only two of the three solo, and that's about right. As enjoyable as their work is, there is not a whole ...


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