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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000522.txt from 1999/01

From: Ken Wolman <Ken.Wolman@-----.com>
Subj: [kl] Combs, et al, as jazz players?
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 1999 11:45:18 -0500

consult@-----.com wrote:

> > He played a bit of jazz during last tear's ClarinetFest. He has the feel.
>
> How about that. I had no idea, although I guess it shouldn't come as such
> a surprise. As Principal in Chicago, though, does he ever get to play sax
> during Ravel or Mussorgsky or any of the other classical opportunities?
>
> Neil

I'd heard around New York that Combs had a "hidden life" as a jazz
player; and the reports here were that he could hold his own with
Daniels during that "Trio de LeBlanc" thing last summer.

Do any of the other major orchestra clarinetists have a jazz facility?
The NY Philharmonic has a relatively recent recording (at least since
Mazur took over) on Teldec of various Ravel and Debussy pieces, one of
which is the Bolero. Assuming Drucker is playing the clarinet solos,
something in the tone and the almost "dancey" feel of his work suggests
that the man knows more about jazz playing than he's had the opportunity
to show.

If Eddie Daniels can play chamber music, why can't Stanley Drucker play
jazz?

Ken
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