Marty Ehrlich: Waltz




Marty Ehrlich (bass clarinet)


Song (ENJA Records)

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

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

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