Publication: All About Jazz
Author: Nick DeRiso
Date: February 13, 2011
People think of clarinets as this sound from a different era, and the guys who play them as having done so in black and white.
The late Alvin Batiste , who initially found his muse in Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time,” was never that way. His isn’t a same-ole, same-ole southland sound so much as a retro-fitted bebop update, with period instruments. Later, he dove into Sonny Stitt—and Batiste told me, a few years before his untimely passing, that he never emerged. Read more »