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 Bass Clarinet Superstars?
Author: Speculator Sam 
Date:   2018-07-04 08:46

I suggest a list for those who're newer to the bass clarinet and aren't sure where to listen for in terms of a good sound concept. Classical, jazz, rock, genre doesn't matter. Before I pronounce the initial list, they're entire male and I realize that might trigger a few people so I'll mention Adison Evans here, because she's an amazing saxophonist who happen to play bass as well.

My list isn't all seeing, please if you know some others that are highly regarded, or should, then feel free to mention them here. I'll begin listing in no particular order.

Harry Spaarnay: Pioneer of not only contemporary music, but the instrument itself too. Didn't he inspire the invention of the Buffet Tosca basses? Great teacher, and will always be remembered for what he contributed to the world of this beloved "ugly duckling" of an instrument.

Michael Lowenstern: Student to Spaarnay, ambassador of the instrument. Sorta like Yo-Yo Ma, since he's crossed many genres well with the bass. Big inspiration of mine.

Eric Dolphy: There are so many tracks to choose from but I'll direct to this take on the jazz standard Naima because it's the one I find myself listening to the most that isn't too far down the "obsecure crazy jazz" rabbit-hole. I'm quite fond of his flute playing; I even wrote a flute song after it. Shameless plug here


Courtney Pine: A fantastic multi-instrumentalist, but this performance of "A Child is Born" is definitely breath-taking when you are a bass clarinetist listening to this.

Tony Park: Yamaha artist; an honorable mention

Josh Plotner: Another fine multi-instrumentlist, composer/arranger, and happens to have a great bass clarinet tone.

Michael Portal: The link leads to a piece that's quite tasteful and creative, another enjoyable jazz ballad here[/url. Portal's proof that it's not all about having a low C bass ;)

Sebastian Tozzala: Great bass clarinet sound to strive for. He's a good musician and it's always a pleasure to listen to his performances.



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