Greatest Hits of the Clarinet

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Apart from "Stranger on the Shore," that is.

Marcello Carlin, Thursday, 6 May 2004 11:33 (fifteen years ago) link

Rhapsody in Blue (please forgive if that's not a clarinet).

M Carty (mj_c), Thursday, 6 May 2004 11:42 (fifteen years ago) link

808 State! um, Pacific. that was the title, right?

scott seward (scott seward), Thursday, 6 May 2004 11:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Pacific State I think. Very good call!

M Carty (mj_c), Thursday, 6 May 2004 11:56 (fifteen years ago) link

except that was a soprano sax.

Marcello Carlin, Thursday, 6 May 2004 11:59 (fifteen years ago) link

There's a piece debussy wrote for a music contest, called "Rhapsody", I think. It's gorgeous. Strauss wrote a duo concertante for clarinet and basson at the end of his life. The first movement is beautiful. I like Brahms's clarinet quintet and clarinet sonata, too.

Baravelli. (Jake Proudlock), Thursday, 6 May 2004 12:11 (fifteen years ago) link

oops, really? why do i remember it being a clarinet? It sounded like a clarinet.

scott seward (scott seward), Thursday, 6 May 2004 12:11 (fifteen years ago) link

big bad bill is sweet william now -- van halen

cw28 (cw28), Thursday, 6 May 2004 12:12 (fifteen years ago) link

"I'm A Wonderful Thing Baby" - Kid Creole and the Coconuts
"What Love?" - Charles Mingus Quartet featuring Eric Dolphy

Marcello Carlin, Thursday, 6 May 2004 12:13 (fifteen years ago) link

In Jazz, Johnny Dodds is great in the Hot Sevens. And I like Peewee Russell, and Artie Shaw in the Gramercy Five.

Baravelli. (Jake Proudlock), Thursday, 6 May 2004 12:14 (fifteen years ago) link

The Benny Goodman rendition of "Sing, Sing, Sing"

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Thursday, 6 May 2004 12:38 (fifteen years ago) link

Eric Dolphy played a beautiful bass clarient. It's a big, bulky instrument which he managed to play with swan-like elegance.

He did a fair number of slow, solo pieces (or ones without a rhythm section) for bass clarinet. None are particularly well known or jazz standards, but they could be, they've got the sort of lyrical grace.

The Wanderer (thewanderer), Thursday, 6 May 2004 12:43 (fifteen years ago) link

Regular Clarinet: "The Private Psychedelic Reel" (Chemical Bros.)
Bass Clarinet: Anything and everything by Eric Dolphy

In a non-jazz realm, Jeff "Antennae Jimmy Semens" Cotton played some sublimely shivery bass clarinet, in addition to his always fine slide guitar, on "Blue Form" and a couple of others from the first Mu album. And unlike former employer Captain Beefheart, he actually knew how to play the thing for real. (And I say this as a huge Beefheart fan.)

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Thursday, 6 May 2004 12:45 (fifteen years ago) link

Good call on that Debussy piece, Baravelli. Also a Leonard Bernstein Sonata which is gorgeous and floaty.

The end of Radiohead's Life In A Glass House to thread. And the bass clarinet solo in Primal Scream's Get Duffy is one of the few genuinely surprising moments in their music. And THE PRIVATE PSYCHEDELIC REEL!

Matt DC (Matt DC), Thursday, 6 May 2004 12:45 (fifteen years ago) link

Also Pluramon, Flageolea... and the Beatles' When I'm 64 as an example of how not to do it.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Thursday, 6 May 2004 12:47 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...
As a former schoolboy clarinet player who hated his instrument and the crummy sound it made whenever he blew into it (no embouchure, darlings), the lack of groovy aspirational Clarinet Pop was a matter of some distress. (If I had a pound for every well-meaning grown-up who said "Ah, but what about Acker Bilk", etc etc)

Anyway, the first half of the original 12" extended version of Soft Cell's "Say Hello Wave Goodbye" is basically one long clarinet solo, and it's actually not that bad at all.

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Thursday, 27 October 2005 14:13 (fourteen years ago) link

thirteen years pass...

fire of the hottest kind

j., Tuesday, 13 August 2019 02:05 (six months ago) link

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