Monday, November 8, 2010

Summit Reunion

Here is a video of the great 1970s group Soprano Summit, reformed as Summit Reunion in the 1990s. Bob Wilber is particularly superb on the soprano - how polished and stylish he makes this difficult instrument sound! When I first watched this, I wondered how Wilber could top clarinetist Kenny Davern's effort, but he does.

While young, Bob Wilber studied and lived with Sidney Bechet. Initially he sounded good but imitative. Now he sounds mostly like himself, but I think he still plays with the same operatic approach as his mentor.

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