Marty Ehrlich: Waltz

Track

Waltz

Artist

Marty Ehrlich (bass clarinet)

CD

Song (ENJA Records)

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Musicians:

Marty Ehrlich (bass clarinet), Uri Caine (piano),

Michael Formanek (bass), Billy Drummond (drums)

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Composed by Marty Ehrlich

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Recorded: New York, October 18, 1999

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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

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