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Clarinet Thing / Agony Pipes and Misery Sticks
Album:Agony Pipes and Misery Sticks Collection:Jazz
Artist:Clarinet Thing Added:06/2005
Label:Bc Records (Texas) 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2005-06-19 Pull Date:2005-08-21 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:21 Aug7 Aug31 Jul24 Jul17 Jul10 Jul3 Jul26 Jun

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5.Jan 13, 2006:Memory Select
3.Aug 10, 2007:No Cover, No Minimum
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6.Nov 29, 2005:Umami Jazz Program
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Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2005-06-20 
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.

Track Listing
1.Echoes of Harlem 9.Das Lied Von Den Braunen ...
2.Vou Vivendo 10.Oberek Krakowski
3.Akeem the Dream 11.Song of the Unsung
4.Sweeping Staircase 12.Lips that Kissed the Paper
5.Fired Manager Blues 13.Primitive Southern Brass ...
6.Touchy 14.Family Heap
7.Sticks and Stones 15.Mountains of the Moon
8.Memories of You 16.The Mooch
 17.Misery Talks