Marty Ehrlich: Waltz
Marty Ehrlich (bass clarinet)
Song (ENJA Records)
Michael Formanek (bass), Billy Drummond (drums).
Composed by Marty Ehrlich.
Recorded: New York, October 18, 1999
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
The problem with 3/4 modal tunes is not only that there are a lot of them, but that you must improvise in a very original way if you don't want to sound corny. Here Ehrlich manages to be convincing, partly because his bass clarinet is a rather rare instrument, but also because he has great partners and leaves them lots of room. Formanek takes a long, interesting solo, Drummond is refined and swinging, and Caine's voicings get the best out of the rather predictable chords.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum