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    Who are your top 5 jazz clarinetists?

    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?

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    John Carter.

    No contest!

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    In no particular order

    Edmond Hall
    Kenny Davern
    Ken Peplowski
    Barney Bigard
    Sidney Bechet

    except Edmond Hall is first, and Ken Peplowski is alive.
    Frank

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    Top 5:

    Sidney Bechet
    Artie Shaw
    Benny Goodman
    Pee Wee Russell
    Jimmy Giuffre



    Honorable Mention:

    Ed Hall
    Johnny Dodds
    Jimmie Noone
    Pete Fountain

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    My Favorite Clarinetists:
    Barney Bigard
    John Carter
    Jimmy Giuffre
    Edmond Hall
    Jimmy Hamilton
    Explore my web site dedicated to Bobby Hutcherson:
    http://www.musicweb-international.com/jazz/Hutcherson

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    1. Jimmie Noone
    2. Sidney Bechet
    3. Artie Shaw
    4. Barney Bigard
    5. Benny Goodman


    Not necessarily in that order.

    John Carter??????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris A View Post
    John Carter??????
    Chris, do your question marks mean "Who is John Carter?"

    Or do they mean "Why would you ever pick John Carter?"


    Whether it's the first or the second, my response would be "Just listen to this!"
    Explore my web site dedicated to Bobby Hutcherson:
    http://www.musicweb-international.com/jazz/Hutcherson

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    Louis Sclavis
    Daniele D'Agaro
    Sindey Bechet
    Artie Shaw
    Benny Goodman

    Honorable mention to Don Byron.

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    This are my favorites, not who I think is "the best."

    Benny Goodman
    Eric Dolphy (didn't just play bass clarinet, either)
    Don Byron
    Johnny Dodds
    Jimmy Giuffre

    Honorable mention: Prince Lasha, Greg Osby, Barney Bigard, John Gilmore, Pee Wee Russell, Lester Young

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris A View Post
    John Carter??????
    Chris,

    Here is a biography.

    Guy

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    Most of The Above - but - never forget Woody - The Greatest
    Keep the Blue Flame Burning

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    John Carter Records

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guy View Post
    Chris,

    Here is a biography.

    Guy
    Of course I am familiar with John Carter, I just don't place him among my favorite 5--and wondered who some of you did.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim R View Post
    I'm a bit surprised that nobody has mentioned Buddy DeFranco (unless I missed it)... not even an honorable mention?

    I was surprised as well, especially since there was a feature article about him on this very website just last week.

    http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=23728

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