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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000543.txt from 2003/06

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] vibrato
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 19:00:44 -0400

At 02:44 PM 6/18/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>In jazz playing, we use vibrato as we feel----generally to make the long
>notes "dance" at the end.

Technically, this is called "terminal vibrato" and Benny Goodman used it

>This is opposed to the Glenn Miller clarinet lead section vibrato, which is
>a constant through long held notes, and is matched by the other 4 saxes.

Here, of course, the clarinet is functionally a fifth sax, playing the
doubled lead with the 1st tenor. He must match vibrato with them, or
vice-versa really, but must do it in a manner compatible with the
saxes. Willie Schwartz's clarinet was CRITICAL to the sound of the Miller
reed section.

>As far as goes clarinet vibrato in concert music, nobody mentioned the late
>Reginald Kell, who was one of my teachers. He used vibrato in his
>performance practice---I might add, in an extremely tasteful manner.

I have one Kell recording, of the Weber Concertino, and I agree the vibrato
is quite tasteful. Of course, I use vibrato a lot myself, but pretty much
only in solo work, not in section (except the big band stuff,
naturally). I find the sound is just too dead without it.

Bill Hausmann

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!

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