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Illustrious Clarinetists of Jazz: 1927-1949

Illustrious Clarinetists of Jazz: 1927-1949

Regrettably, the clarinet isn't nearly as prominent in jazz as it once was. Some excellent clarinetists have focused on bop, post-bop, and avant-garde jazz; one hates to think of bop without Buddy DeFranco, post-bop without Eddie Daniels, or the avant-garde without Don Byron or John


Regrettably, the clarinet isn't nearly as prominent in jazz as it once was. Some excellent clarinetists have focused on bop, post-bop, and avant-garde jazz; one hates to think of bop without Buddy DeFranco, post-bop without Eddie Daniels, or the avant-garde without Don Byron or John Carter. But those players are the exception instead of the rule; since the late '40s, the clarinet has been marginalized in post-swing forms of jazz. Assembled by veteran jazz critic Scott Yanow, this rewarding compilation celebrates a time when clarinetists weren't a minority in jazz and played a prominent role in Dixieland, classic jazz, and swing. The Illustrious Clarinetists of Jazz: 1927-1949 gets into early bebop with selections by DeFranco, Stan Hasselgård, and Tony Scott, but Yanow's primary focus is jazz's pre-bebop era -- and he ventures back to the dawn of recorded jazz with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band's 1917 recording of "Original Dixieland One Step" (featuring clarinetist Larry Shields). Well, 1917 provided the oldest recorded jazz that listeners have physical evidence of; pioneering Dixieland cornetist Buddy Bolden (who regularly featured clarinetists) allegedly recorded a cylinder in 1898, but that cylinder has never been found. After "Original Dixieland One Step," this 61-minute CD takes listeners through the Roaring '20s, the Great Depression, and World War II with many of jazz's noteworthy pre-bop clarinetists -- an impressive list that ranges from Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Barney Bigard, and Sidney Bechet during the swing era to Johnny Dodds, Leon Roppolo (of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings), Jimmie Noone, and Frank Teschemacher in the '20s. The material is generally excellent, and when heavyweights like Goodman, Dodds, and Bechet are improvising, one cannot help but wish that the clarinet's popularity as a jazz instrument hadn't decreased after WWII. This CD is happily recommended to anyone who has even a casual interest in pre-bop clarinet.

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Jazz Legends


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Scott   Clarinet
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Steve Brown   Bass
Teddy Charles   Vibes
Eddie Condon   Banjo
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet
Johnny Dodds   Clarinet
Bud Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Woody Herman   Clarinet
Earl Hines   Piano
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
James P. Johnson   Piano
Gene Krupa   Drums
Shelly Manne   Drums
Ray Nance   Cornet
Red Norvo   Vibes
Kid Ory   Trombone
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Jimmy Raney   Guitar
Max Roach   Drums
Pee Wee Russell   Clarinet
Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Artie Shaw   Clarinet
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Tyree Glenn   Trombone
Johnny Guarnieri   Harpsichord
Edmond Hall   Clarinet
Stan Hasselgård   Clarinet
Spike Hughes   Bass
Carl Kress   Guitar
Nick LaRocca   Cornet
Joe Marsala   Clarinet
Jimmy McPartland   Cornet
Tony Parenti   Clarinet
Frankie Newton   Trumpet
Jimmie Noone   Clarinet,Track Performer
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Joe Sullivan   Piano
Frank Teschemacher   Clarinet
Harvey Leonard   Piano
New Orleans Rhythm Kings   Track Performer
Original Dixieland Jazz Band   Track Performer
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Johnny St. Cyr   Banjo
Trummy Young   Trombone
Gene Ramey   Bass
Wellman Braud   Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Jack Pettis   C-Melody Saxophone
Hayes Alvis   Bass
Lil Armstrong   Piano
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Sidney Bechet   Clarinet
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Dave Bowman   Piano
Vic Breidis   Piano
Georg Brunis   Trombone
Frank Carlson   Drums
Harry Carney   Baritone Saxophone
Bob Carter   Bass
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Duke Ellington   Piano,Track Performer
Nick Fatool   Drums
Fred Guy   Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet
J.C. Heard   Drums
Shelton Hemphill   Trumpet
Hendrickson   Guitar
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Claude Jones   Trombone
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Billy Kyle   Piano
Paul Mares   Cornet
Carmen Mastren   Guitar
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Ed Nicholson   Drums
Joe Poston   Alto Saxophone
Henry W. Ragas   Piano
Claude Roberts   Banjo
Tony Sbarbaro   Drums
Elmer Schoebel   Piano
Bud Scott   Banjo,Guitar
Larry Shields   Clarinet
Omer Simeon   Clarinet
O'Neill Spencer   Drums
Juan Tizol   Trombone
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Hy White   Guitar
Walter Yoder   Bass
Wilbur De Paris   Trombone
James McLin   Guitar
Jim Tolliver   Piano
Adele Girard   Harp
Lou Black   Banjo
Bill Harty   Drums
Marty Marsala   Trumpet
Frank Snyder   Drums
Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra   Piano
Tommy Linehan   Piano
Alan Ferguson   Guitar
Francis Williams   Trumpet
Otto Hardwick   Alto Saxophone
Johnny Wells   Drums
Jud de Naut   Bass
Lyman Gandee   Piano
Claude Ivy   Piano
Jack Kelleher   Bass
Wilbur Bascomb   Trumpet
John "BJ John" Smith   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Williams & His Orchestra   Bass
New Orleans Wanderers   Track Performer
Lawrence D. Brown   Trombone
Jim Lannigan   Bass,Tuba
Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Benny Goodman   Composer
Woody Herman   Composer
Barney Kessel   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Tony Parenti   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Sidney Bechet   Composer,Cover Photo
Barney Bigard   Composer
Anne Caldwell   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Lil Hardin   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Billy Meyers   Composer
Scott Yanow   Liner Notes,Track Compilation
Walter Hirsch   Composer
Clarence Profit   Composer
Harry Da Costa   Composer
Ernie Erdman   Composer
John Reid   Composer
Gerard   Composer
William D. Tennant   Executive Producer
Lil Hardin Armstrong   Composer

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