Clarinet Thing / Agony Pipes and Misery Sticks
Album: Agony Pipes and Misery Sticks   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Clarinet Thing   Added:Jun 2005
Label:Bc Records (Texas)  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-06-19 Pull Date: 2005-08-21 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Aug 21 Aug 7 Jul 31 Jul 24 Jul 17 Jul 10 Jul 3 Jun 26
Airplays: 2 1 1 1 1 3 3 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 20, 2017: No Cover, No Minimum
Mountains of the Moon
4. Apr 11, 2006: Umami Jazz Program
The Mooch
2. Jan 19, 2017: No Cover, No Minimum
Echoes of Harlem
5. Jan 13, 2006: Memory Select
3. Aug 10, 2007: No Cover, No Minimum
Echoes of Harlem
6. Nov 29, 2005: Umami Jazz Program
The Mooch

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2005-06-20
A five-clarinet band spinning jazzy oldies, melodic originals, and a few out-jazz amusements. Elegant and often playful. Many tracks feature rich big-band harmonies and interwoven, overlapping solos. Lots of soundtrack-like pieces as well (4,10).

Beth Custer formed this Bay-Area group in 1990, and this CD collects live recordings from the past 15 years. Clarinet Thing plays only sporadically, due to the busy careers/lives of all five members: Custer, Ben Goldberg, Ralph Carney, Sheldon Brown, and Peter Josheff.

1- Loping Duke Ellington song. Swaying and nostalgic
2- Airy mid/fast, with Euro-cafe jazz tinges (by Brazilian composer Pixinguinha with Benedito Larcerda)
3- Mid/fast and fun. Cartoony harmonies
4- Circus waltz, quietly midtempo and slapstick
5- Slowish lingering blues
6- Upbeat and bouncy/spiky. Midtempo madcap '50s jazz.
7- Scurrying avant-garde (John Carter)
8- Romantic jazz oldie (Eubie Blake)
9- Ballroom jazz, mid-fast and formal (Kurt Weill)
10- Bright circus ballet (Polish classical composer Ignacy Podgorski)
11- Mysterious chugging beat (Bobby Bradford)
12- Slow. Playfully funereal
13- Mid/fast, folky
14- Mid/fast, a bit chaotic. Quiet ending
15- Delicate and pretty (Abdullah Ibrahim)
16- Slow, reverent Ellington classic. Great big-band harmonies and some delicious wailing.

Track Listing
1. Echoes of Harlem   9. Das Lied Von Den Braunen ...
2. Vou Vivendo   10. Oberek Krakowski
3. Akeem the Dream   11. Song of the Unsung
4. Sweeping Staircase   12. Lips that Kissed the Paper
5. Fired Manager Blues   13. Primitive Southern Brass ...
6. Touchy   14. Family Heap
7. Sticks and Stones   15. Mountains of the Moon
8. Memories of You   16. The Mooch
  17. Misery Talks