Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Frank Teschemacher with Eddie Condon's Quartet

Clarinet/saxophone player Frank Teschemacher lived an even shorter life than his idol Bix Beiderbecke, dying in a car accident shortly before his 26th birthday. His phrasing and attack still sound fresh and inspiring to me.

Here are two of my favourite 'Tesch' recordings, with Eddie Condon's Quartet. As well as red hot clarinet and alto sax, we hear stomping piano from Joe Sullivan and the sort of drumming from Gene Krupa that proves he was more than just a showman. Eddie Condon plays the banjo with admirable drive, and does his best in the vocals department!

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