I just got a new cd called The illustrious Clarinetists of jazz.
My top 5 are...
1. Jimmy Dorsey
2. Artie Shaw
3. Jimmie Noone
4. Sidney Bechet
5. Benny Goodman
What about your favorite?
except Edmond Hall is first, and Ken Peplowski is alive.
Pee Wee Russell
My Favorite Clarinetists:
- Jimmie Noone
- Sidney Bechet
- Artie Shaw
- Barney Bigard
- Benny Goodman
Not necessarily in that order.
Honorable mention to Don Byron.
This are my favorites, not who I think is "the best."
Eric Dolphy (didn't just play bass clarinet, either)
Honorable mention: Prince Lasha, Greg Osby, Barney Bigard, John Gilmore, Pee Wee Russell, Lester Young
Most of The Above - but - never forget Woody - The Greatest
Keep the Blue Flame Burning
Castles of Ghana, for sure!
Others (they're all different, and all amazing):
Night Fire (a quintet that features Carter's amazing melody lines and some phenomenal soloing)
Tandem 1 and 2 (duo w/ Bobby Bradford.. do you like telepathy?)
There are some harder to find items-- like Horace Tapscott's "Dark Tree" (2cds), Richard Grossman's "In The Air" (also w/ Alex Cline and Ken Filiano..!!), and a super rare Vinny Golia lp called "Spirits in Fellowship" (also w/ alex cline, and the cline/carter action will totally blow you away.. its like they are wired together).
Yeah. John Carter.
I'm a bit surprised that nobody has mentioned Buddy DeFranco (unless I missed it)... not even an honorable mention? He's my top choice. I've also heard some wonderful playing by Eddie Daniels.
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