|Clarinet Thing / Agony Pipes and Misery Sticks|
|Add Date:||2005-06-19|| ||Pull Date:||2005-08-21|| ||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||21 Aug||7 Aug||31 Jul||24 Jul||17 Jul||10 Jul||3 Jul||26 Jun|
A five-clarinet band spinning jazzy oldies, melodic originals, and a few out-jazz amusements. Elegant and often playful. Many tracks feature rich big-band harmonies and interwoven, overlapping solos. Lots of soundtrack-like pieces as well (4,10). |
Beth Custer formed this Bay-Area group in 1990, and this CD collects live recordings from the past 15 years. Clarinet Thing plays only sporadically, due to the busy careers/lives of all five members: Custer, Ben Goldberg, Ralph Carney, Sheldon Brown, and Peter Josheff.
1- Loping Duke Ellington song. Swaying and nostalgic
2- Airy mid/fast, with Euro-cafe jazz tinges (by Brazilian composer Pixinguinha with Benedito Larcerda)
3- Mid/fast and fun. Cartoony harmonies
4- Circus waltz, quietly midtempo and slapstick
5- Slowish lingering blues
6- Upbeat and bouncy/spiky. Midtempo madcap '50s jazz.
7- Scurrying avant-garde (John Carter)
8- Romantic jazz oldie (Eubie Blake)
9- Ballroom jazz, mid-fast and formal (Kurt Weill)
10- Bright circus ballet (Polish classical composer Ignacy Podgorski)
11- Mysterious chugging beat (Bobby Bradford)
12- Slow. Playfully funereal
13- Mid/fast, folky
14- Mid/fast, a bit chaotic. Quiet ending
15- Delicate and pretty (Abdullah Ibrahim)
16- Slow, reverent Ellington classic. Great big-band harmonies and some delicious wailing.