Big Muddy: Suite for Clarinet & Piano

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Illinois pianist/composer Patrick Beckman, with substantial help from accompanist Richard Stoltzman on clarinet, performs a suite for clarinet and piano on Big Muddy. These five pieces, all lasting between five and ten minutes, are according to the sleeve "a celebration of the various musics of the Mississippi basin." While many people associate jazz and blues with that region, and there is some jazz and blues here, this really has more of a classical feel than anything else. The clarinet and piano interaction is playful, yet the limitation of the arrangements to those two instruments helps give this more of a recital feel than a boisterous one, Beckman's piano in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Illinois pianist/composer Patrick Beckman, with substantial help from accompanist Richard Stoltzman on clarinet, performs a suite for clarinet and piano on Big Muddy. These five pieces, all lasting between five and ten minutes, are according to the sleeve "a celebration of the various musics of the Mississippi basin." While many people associate jazz and blues with that region, and there is some jazz and blues here, this really has more of a classical feel than anything else. The clarinet and piano interaction is playful, yet the limitation of the arrangements to those two instruments helps give this more of a recital feel than a boisterous one, Beckman's piano in particular grounding the compositions in a somewhat studied mood. Though the cover also notes that these compositions evolved in the studio to some degree with Stoltzman's contributions, it's not all that spontaneous-sounding -- not a criticism, but something that also distinguishes it from the more raucous blues and jazz of the Mississippi basin. The aura is more often than not pensive and introspective, with "Catfish Rondeau" hinting more than any of the other pieces at a more uninhibited Dixieland flavor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/28/2009
  • Label: Navona
  • UPC: 896931002745
  • Catalog Number: 5815
  • Sales rank: 370,207

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Memphis Nighttrain - Patrick Beckman (7:15)
  2. 2 Bayou Lament - Patrick Beckman (9:54)
  3. 3 St. Louie Thunder - Patrick Beckman (7:10)
  4. 4 Natchez Hymn/Gigue - Patrick Beckman (8:28)
  5. 5 Catfish Rondeau - Patrick Beckman (7:47)
  6. 6 [CD-ROM Track] - Patrick Beckman
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Stoltzman Primary Artist, Clarinet
Patrick Beckman Piano
Technical Credits
Unspecified Enemies Composer
Shaun Frenchie Michaud Mastering
Patrick Beckman Composer, Liner Notes, Author
Jon Weston Engineer
Bob Lord Producer
Shaun Michaud Mastering
John Weston Engineer
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