For clarinet and New Orleans geeks
I have collected a few articles and informative pages for nerds like myself. I’m always on the hunt for information about the music I play and the clarinets I use. It’s also confusing. The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know. I still have to investigate whether the fabulous tone of the Albert system is in the instrument or the clarinetist who blows it !! Here is what I have found so far:
The clarinets I’ve been playing, and the stories behind
I am aware that I play Albert system. But are all German system clarinets Alberts, or are there different systems within the German branch?
Some of the old masters talk about why they chose the Albert system, and why they find it so unique. Many claim the tone is different from the Boehm system. Some say Boehm is a modern clarinet with exactly the same acoustic abilities – just easyer to play.
I wanted to find out why we have to be so careful and fanatic about where the pitch is when we purchase a new vintage clarinet, and stumbled upon the amazing history of pitch
Interesting article by Jürgen Bräunlein. The story about the inventer of the clarinet, Johann Christoph Denner. For Your information: It’s in German!
An interview with George Lewis shortly before his death in 1968 published in Tom Bthell’s book: ‘A Jazzman from New Orleans’. George talks about aspects within his life as a musician: The style of New Orleans music, the different instruments and musicians, clarinets and clarinet technique, reeds, and other matters…
Eberhard Kraut, specialist in ‘Who played what cind of clarinet’ in New Orleans jazz, is here telling about the great clarinetists who played Selmer clarinets. About the specific models down to the smallest but important details and features. So far, this wonderful article is only available in German.
Eberhard Kraut has presented this fine article in ‘rohrblatt’ – a German specialist journal for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone. It’s a great follow-up to the previous article: ‘Henri Selmer clarinets in jazz’
Another article in German by Eberhard Kraut. The story about George Lewis’ metal clarinet. He played it on Bill Russell’s famous recordings from 1943/44. Bonus: How Burgundy Street Blues was born.
All about the Penzel-Mueller Clarinets and their use in early jazz. George Lewis seemed to like them a lot…
– by Eberhard Kraut.
All about Noblet clarinets and their use in early and contemporary jazz.
– by Eberhard Kraut.