Whoa! To me, clarinets were always the "sick geese" of high school band. They filled each performance with - to me - a rather grating sound. Yes, to me they sounded just like the proverbial fingernails on a chalk board.
Imagine my surprise when I pulled Eddie Daniels Blackwood from Jim's CD collection. His clarinet playing was remarkably smooth and enjoyable. Titles included are:
- Toucan Dance
- Black Diamond Run
- Clara's Heart
- Walking the Line
- Blackwood (Reprise)
- Blue Waltz
Produced by Dave Grusin, Rob Mounsey, and himself, Blackwood was released in 1980 by GRP Records Inc. The title, Blackwood, makes reference to the African Blackwood, from which the finest clarinets are made.
If you would like to learn more about Eddie and his remarkable musical career, visit his Web site.
After hearing Eddie's music, I'll never again think of clarinet playing as sick geese.