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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000430.txt from 1999/01

Subj: [kl] Licorice Licks
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 10:03:11 -0500

Tatsuhiko Yokohama wrote,

>>I am going to play Frackenpohl's clarinet ensemble titled
"Licolice Licks" with my friends. But I do not understand
what the title means. It sounds to me just an alliteration.
Or is it a slang?>>

It's slang. Among jazz musicians, "licorice stick" is a slang term meaning
"clarinet". The clarinet is long and black like a type of licorice candy
that's popular in the USA. "Licks" are improvised, often virtuosic jazz
solos, also known as "choruses". The piece sounds like fun!


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