Mort Weiss is a bebop-oriented clarinet player with ten
albums as leader to date. After having taken 30-odd years
off from playing, Weiss came to musical life as a leader in 2003
with The Mort Weiss Quartet (AKA Mort Wiess
Meets Joey DeFrancesco) (SMS Jazz, 2003) following with
B3 and Me (recorded in 2003 but not released until
2006). According to jazz writer Scott Yanow, "Clarinet-organ
groups are far from common. In fact, prior to Mort Weiss'
debut CD with organist Joey DeFrancesco, it is possible that
combination had never been utilized before." Indeed, but
this didn't stop Weiss and DeFrancesco from doing so.
Born in 1935 in Pennsylvania, Weiss began clarinet lessons
when he was nine-years old