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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000245.txt from 2005/04

From: Mark Charette <>
Subj: [kl] Re: The Test
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 13:32:40 -0400

To me, what Dan was trying to prove or disprove was the claim, sometimes
made here, that there is an ineffable "something" that separated the
national schools of clarinet playing; we all might have had opinions on
what that "something" was comprised of (maybe it isn't ineffable?), but
that it nevertheless existed, and was discernable under almost any

Such distinctions do exist between performers - I hazard to say I can
distinguish between a single "complete" (attack, delay, sustain, release)
note, recorded live or in studio or a bad copy from an 8 track, played by
Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, B.B. King, etc., on an old transistor
radio with a 2 inch speaker while driving in a convertible with the top
down at 95 MPH in the slow lane being passed by trucks on I696 in Detroit
... since the styles of playing are so very distinctive.

Mark C.

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