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Album Review

Again working with pianist/arranger Bill Douglas, Richard Stoltzman concentrates on moving classical music into new age territory on Open Sky. It's not that different from his average release, but it does have a more meditative quality which is quite appealing.

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Clarinet dreamin'

Years ago, I was browsing in a bookstore in Philadelphia when Richard Stoltzman's brilliant "Begin Sweet World" began to play. I found myself completely transfixed with tears in my eyes. I've been a fan of his ever since. You simply cannot go wrong with Stoltzman, regardless of what he's playing.


I have been listening to this album for almost 30 years and have never grown tired of it. It is timeless, beautiful, and enchanting as all music should be.


Born: July 12, 1942 in Omaha, NE

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman straddles the worlds of jazz and classical music, his solos demonstrating an accomplished virtuosity regardless of the performance context. Stoltzman is equally at home fronting a full symphony orchestra or a small chamber music ensemble, playing swinging traditional jazz or his own soothing, new-age-tinged brand of chamber jazz. Over the course of his long career, Stoltzman has primarily endeavored to break down boundaries between audiences, bringing jazz to classical...
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