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Album Review

Clarinetist Frank Glover is one whose modernity is clear and present, but there are elements of classical and Latin musics lined in the threads of it. One of the more literate, thoughtful, and accessible players of the noble wooden instrument, Glover and his able accompanists run through some original material that speaks to the heart and head simultaneously. This is clever jazz, but not overly intellectualized, spare while avoiding clichés, and joyous instead of giddy. Most of it is quartet music featuring the fine pianist Steve Allee, but in some instances a larger orchestral element is added including strings. There's nothing syrupy or dramatically romantic about the music, but instead the larger instrumentation broadens the sounds, avoiding anything that overwhelms the principal soloists. And make no mistake, it is Glover's instrument that is in prime focus from start to finish, featured almost exclusively as a melody maker and soloist. A distinct tango element is easily heard during "One Way Ticket," but rock & roll or a chunk of funk buoys Glover's tart sweet clarinet. "The Last Blue Tang" sports a title that speaks for itself in its serene, somber, and string-driven tones. The three-part "Concierto Para Quarteto," at over 16 minutes, demands attention, going from dark tones in 4/4 to tango and a midtempo pace accented by Glover's fluttery trills. The full orchestration during "Plastic Plants" does not deter from the quality of the individualists as it expands a slight samba beat with brass, flutes, and bass clarinet in a favorable comparison to what Gil Evans might conceive, while "A Thousand Ships" utilizes a naturally oceanic seascape. The closest track to straight-ahead jazz, the title track uses a two-note chord progression from Allee, tricky mixed meters and dramatically bold bop. Glover meticulously composed all of this music, clearly a labor of love, and a showcase for his personal style of playing an instrument that has offered far too few champions for many decades. Perhaps with this fine effort, a new standard bearer has been crowned. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Clarineto Perfectico

The one good thing to come out of my last relationship was that I was introduced to Frank and his music. If you like clarinet and piano, buy this album and bug Frank to get his past albums up here on iTunes too. After all, how can you resist buying an album with titles cuts like "The Last Blue Tang" and "Plastic Plants"? Michelle Smith - Lansing, MI

One of the Great Talents

Frank Glover is a world-class player who can hold his own with anyone on any stage. This CD is one of my favorites, especially due to the perfectly clear groove of pianist Steve Allee. Like almost all of Glover's recordings it also features his first class writing for strings, as well as a Gil Evans-like "studio jazz" ensemble. Buy this recording!

A creative monster

Frank is a hyper-talented composer and clarinetist. The music on this album is breathtaking - the compositions are exciting and interesting and the extent to which Frank can communicate emotion, complex ideas and wit by means of a thin little reed and a hollowed out piece of wood should boggle your mind. The most over-whelming thing about the album is his SOUND!!! My God, what a beautiful sound. I hope his other albums make to Itunes someday soon. Go, Frank.

Politico, Frank Glover
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  • $7.92
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jun 07, 2005

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