BBb and EEb Contrabass Clarinet
Richard Teitelbaum with Anthony Braxton:
(Arista Records AL 1037 -LP). Includes Behemoth Dreams on side 2 for
& synthesizer). Jazz/classical synthesis.Not as avant-garde in
technique as many Braxton and the contrabass clarinet is clearly
when playing. Shows off the sound of the instrument very well.)
Donald Martino: "Triple Concerto for
Clarinet and Contrabass Clarinet" Nonesuch (LP). A modern classic and
is plenty of contrabass writing. Martino states that he used the 3
of clarinet as a kind of Superclarinet. The style is very modern but
avant-garde and there are no extended playing techniques. It is
a virtuoso piece. A more recent recording (CD) is "Donald Martino
- Notturno" (1995, Albany Records, Troy168), with Leslie Thimmig on
Elver Schmiel & Christoph Schiller,
by Swiss Composers" (Jecklin szene sCHweiz JS 296-2 CD). This
Rudolf Kelterborn: Duett fuer Bratsche und Kontrabassklarinette. Many
techniques used - multiphonics, extended high register, etc. The
clarinet is not always as loud as the viola but can generally be heard
well enough. There is also an interesting composition on this disc for
soprano and basset horn.
Marc Monnet: "Pieces Celibitaires" (Disques
782068 CD). Includes Le Cirque for unaccompanied contrabass clarinet
by Armand Angster. There is relatively little traditional playing in
piece and a lot of tongue slapping on the reed.
Anthony Braxton: "Complete Anthony Braxton"
Arista 0798, 2 LPs) includes a track for unaccompanied contrabass
The style is avant-garde Jazz. Some 'straight' playing but much
- split-notes, high-pitched squeaks, etc. Various other Anthony Braxton
recordings also use contrabass clarinet in quartet and other groupings.
Hamiet Bluiett, "The Clarinet Family" (1987
Saint 120097-2). This is a great CD: imagine a clarinet choir
free jazz. The players are Hamiet Bluiett on Eb alto clarinet; Dwight
on Eb soprano and Bb soprano; Don Byron on soprano and bass; Buddy
on soprano and alto; John Purcell on soprano and bass; Gene Ghee on
and bass; J.D. Parran on Eb soprano, Bb soprano, alto and EEb contralto
clarinets; Sir "Kidd" Jordan on BBb contrabass; with Fred Hopkins on
bass and Ronnie Burrage on drums.
Paul Winter, "Prayer for the Wild Things"
(CD - Living
Music LD0028) includes an extended solo for contrabass clarinet (Dennis
Smylie), a solo for heckelphone
(Mark Perchanok), and other instruments.
Bob Moses, "When Elephants Dream of Music"
Gramavision Inc.). Jazz, verging on avant garde, by a large ensemble.
musicians include Howard Johnson on tuba and "electric contrabass
Doctor Nerve, "Skin" (1995, Cuneiform
garde metal rock. The ensemble includes guitar, bass, drums, two
(one doubling baritone), bass/contrabass clarinet, soprano sax, and
The contrabass clarinet is hard to pick out in the mix, and is mainly
to add "ambience". (The bass clarinet is clearly audible, however.)
Oliver Messiaen, "Éclairs Sur
(e.g., 1994, Deutsche Grammophon 439 929-2) includes a contrabass
with at least one solo passage.
John Corigliano, "Symphony No. 1" ("Of Rage
(e.g., 1996, RCA Victor Red Seal, 09026-68450-2), Leonard Slatkin and
National Symphony Orchestra. This work also include a solo
Hoffnung's "Music Festivals" (1989, EMI 7
contains a recording of "Variations on Annie Laurie" by Gordon
scored for two piccolos, heckelphone,
two contrabass clarinets, two contrabassoons,
contrabass serpent, harmonium, hurdy-gurdy, and subcontrabass
Written and arranged on a dare...
Allen Ginsberg "The Lion For Real" (1989,
Records, 314 534908-2). This CD consists of Allen Ginsberg's
read by the author with a musical (mainly jazz) background. The
include Bill Frisell, Lenny Pickett, Steve Swallow, Rob Wasserman, and
other well-known players. One track ("Stanzas: Written at Night
Radio City") has a funky background by Lenny Pickett (alone),
sarrusophone, tenor sax, alto sax, soprano sax, Eb clarinet, Bb
bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, flute, piccolo, oboe, sopranino
soprano recorder, alto recorder, tenor recorder, hambone, and drum.
David Sanborn "Another Hand" (1991 Elektra Musician
includes one track ("medley: prayers for Charlie from the devil at four
O'clock/the lonely from the Twilght Zone") that includes Lenny
on Eb clarinet and contrabass clarinet.
The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble
Nine Winds Records
0150/0160) is a 2 CD set that includes Vinny Golia on contralto
(along with piccolo through bass flute, sopranino through bass sax,
clarinets). A large jazz band with a cello section!
trio de clarinettes "Live" (1991 FMP
This CD contains a live performance by jacques Di Donato (cl, bs cl),
Sclavis (cl, bs cl) and Armand Angster (cl, bs cl, contrabass
As with all FMP
this is free jazz :-)
"circular logic" by Steve Adams and Vinny Golia
NWCD0203). Steve Adams plays C/alto/bass flutes and sopranino through
saxophones, while VG plays sopranino/bari/bass
saxes, english horn, bassoon, picc/C/alto/bass flutes, and
clarinets. The tracks are listed on the back along with a chart
who plays what on which track. A lot of creative interplay, in a
free jazz improvisational style.
"Bits & Pieces", Wolfgang Fuchs (1996
This CD contains solos and duets by Wolfgang Fuchs (sopranino sax,
bass cl, and contrabass cl) with Evan Parker (soprano sax) and
Montera (guitar). If you've heard any FMP
CDs, you know to expect that this one is also free jazz. WF does
amazing things with/on/to the contrabass clarinet (a Leblanc 340), and
spends quite a bit of time on it. Worth picking up!
- Adam Gilberti's "Genesis Concert" CD includes
contrabass and/or contra-alto clarinet on "Reflections of Honor",
"Celestial Equinox", "Seismic
Disturbances" (in which there are obvious CBCl solos), and "Violin
Concerto" (with back to back CBCl and CBCA solos).
Other instruments featured on the CD (actually a 2 CD set) include contrabass flute, contrabassoon, contrabass sarrusophone, serpent, contrabass sax, and Bb subcontrabass tubax.
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