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    William Parker Clarinet Trio “Bob’s Pink Cadillac” [Eremite]

    Featured clarinetist Perry Robinson has played with the
    Fugs, Pete Seeger as well as various jazz luminaries
    like Archie Shepp, Charlie Haden, Don Cherry. For me,
    the clarinet is the neediest of reeds; too often it has
    a thin timber and a sort of whininess. Over the course
    of these two discs, we get a broader display. On the
    studio disk we embark in a toe-tapper riding a slinky,
    spiraling melody. “Blue Flower” starts blown-out but
    gentle, like writing a poem with a hangover. Over time
    its scratchiness goes smooth. Ultimately we get more
    flurrious and wobbly playing on “Fence in the Snow.”
    It’s a crazy beauty that starts w/ xylophonic tinkery
    and includes Parker dervishing on one of his found
    foreign reeds himself. That winds up with some weird
    aquatic vocals. Aces! The second live Tonic disc finds
    Parker as ebullient as ever. The improvising is wide
    open, and people can come in on many wavelengths
    from Dixieland, to Bop, to vague Klezmer marches to
    other regions of imagination.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 3, 2005 at 1:23 am
  • Filed as CD,Format,Jazz
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