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Album Review

It is not surprising listening to this CD to find out that Benny Goodman has long been Harry Skoler's idol for his interplay with vibraphonist Ed Saindon (three songs are clarinet-vibes duets) and the inclusion of such songs as "Stompin' at the Savoy," "Memories of You" and "Sweet Lorraine" (among others) point directly at BG. On the other hand, Skoler's quartet (with bassist Roger Kimball and drummer Tim Gilmore) does not include a piano (except on two pieces when Saindon or Skoler switch instruments) and a few of the selections are more modern; also Ed Saindon looks much more toward Gary Burton as a role model than to Lionel Hampton. In any case, this enjoyable set offers listeners melodic swing-based music played at a high level.


Born: 1956 in Syracuse, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s

Clarinetist Harry Skoler followed firmly in the tradition of his idol Benny Goodman, resurrecting the classic music of the swing era for appreciative contemporary audiences. Born in Syracuse, NY, in 1956, Skoler was introduced to Goodman's music while still a teen; announcing his intentions to become a professional jazz clarinetist, in the years to follow he also added saxophone, flute, and piano to his repertoire before graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 1978. A three-year period in...
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