The Clarinet..

..I did this post back a few weeks ago... and, enjoyed it completely... the music.. the ride... the weather.... wonderful... and, just this morning, I get a message from someone who liked it too....

From Bob's e-mail.... after I told him that I "discovered" Bechet about 10 years ago...

Hi Eric: I've played clarinet since age 13 and I'm 75 now. I "discovered" Sidney around 1949 via his recording of Summertime on the radio program Midnight Special, then hosted by Chicago's Studs Terkel. I recently finished reading John Chilton's book "Sidney Bechet, The Wizard of Jazz" and can recommend it highly to anyone interested in SB's work and life. If he had only recorded Summertime and Petit Fleur it would have been sufficient legacy for music lovers. I came across Leonard's cd while searching on SB's records. I must say that it is a rare find and refreshing in its style. Also for SB admirers is Bob Wilber's Tribute to Bechet at the Smithsonian vhs tape. SB's few movie appearances are not highlights of his life by any means! Best Regards, Bob

..ladies and gentlemen... this e-mail made my day.. proof positive that there is a link between the ages..... I am 31... Bob is 75.... and, both of us can recognize the genius of Bechet... I don't play clarinet... but, Bob does.... maybe musicians like Bob - and I hesitate to call myself a musician - have a propensity for acknowledging THE TALENT.... I ain't got it... but, Sidney did... so, without further hesitation.... here is another selection of Bechet.. enjoy...

..the flirty... seductive... "Blues in the Air"....

..the deep.... crying.... "Blues in Thirds"....

..and, my personal favorite... the "Texas Moaner Blues".... to which, I often imagine is being played whilst I kick ass in my poolroom...

Update:.. all of these songs were recorded between 1940 and 1941... just in case you were wondering..

by Eric on April 19, 2004 | Comments(3) | SWG Stories

Comments so far:

I must brush up on my clarinet playing. Reaching back 30 plus years I remember, as a horn player, that the clarinetists were all female, and took a good finger. I may be mistaken, however (back door working).

posted by: Velociman on April 19, 2004 11:53 PM

..the Majorette I dated in High School played clarinet... not only could she finger her instrument with an incredible mastery, but her lips were to die for.. all that horn playing, I suppose, had honed them into twin ruby athletes... but, I digress...

...music soothes more than just the troubled soul, Velociman.. it brings the focus to memories past.. and, it fires the imagination... horns sound best when played with enthusiasm, friends, and accompaniment...

posted by: Eric on April 20, 2004 06:03 PM

Och, aye, Eric.

posted by: Velociman on April 20, 2004 08:32 PM