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Itineraire Bis

Itineraire Bis

Double Trio De Clarinettes

Label: Between The Lines
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917123128
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Catalog number: BTLCHR 71231
Releasedate: 15-11-13
Six clarinets in a small but huge cosmos. This is a CD for all, who have looked forward to a real sound for sore ears.
A work has been created with "Itinéraire Bis" that is in a class of its own, which represents a rarity even in jazz and not just thanks to the very extraordinary musicians.A line-up of six clarinets is more than rare, and the music stands for its own.
The clarinet has been a pivotal woodwind instrument in classical music for a long time. Important compositions of the 20th century (among others, by Gustav Mahler and Igor Stravinsky) even required increasing the number of clarinets in the orchestra composition. Numerous works have been composed not only for clarinet-orchestra over the centuries, but also for quartets and quintets. The clarinet has also been important in jazz from the start; you only need think of names such as Sidney Bechet and Benny Goodman. The saxophone only displaced the clarinet over the course of time due to its (supposed?) greater expressiveness, but it was still a very popular instrument, especially among innovators (Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Giuffre and John Carter).

However, a work has been created with "Itinéraire Bis" that is in a class of its own, which represents a rarity even in jazz and not just thanks to the very extraordinary musicians. Instead, the reason is that two seasoned teams, which trust each other blindly, have transferred this trust into a sextet. With uncanny instinct and sureness, they follow one another into the great depths of free improvisation and exactly notated arrangements with perfect intonation. They do not limit themselves to prescribed concepts and sounds, but instead overblow, puff, pant and clatter, so that pure joy results. There are sounds, which you would rather locate in the animal kingdom or a factory. And then again very charming melodies – six clarinets in a small but huge cosmos. This is a CD for all, who have looked forward to a real sound for sore ears.
 
Although saxophone quartets were repeatedly formed in jazz over the years, bands only playing clarinets are still very rare. There have been two trios in Europe for many years: the "The Clarinet Trio" in Germany and the "Trio de Clarinettes" in France. Putting the two together in a studio and then sending them off onto the stage to perform borders on insanity. But as is often the case with great works, only the idea of the actually impossible and the belief in its realization results in something really new – or in its failure at times too.