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On a Turquoise Cloud

by Clare Fischer

A varied program from Ellington to Mulligan, from Bach to Blues - all with the unique touch of Clare Fischer.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sonho (pronounce Sohn-yo)
5:03 $0.99
2. On a Turquoise Cloud
4:00 $0.99
3. Millbrae Walk
5:09 $0.99
4. Memories of You
5:21 $0.99
5. Voce E Eu (there Is a ^ Over the E in Voce)
5:04 $0.99
6. Air
6:10 $0.99
7. Westwood Walk
3:11 $0.99
8. Basic Blues & Blues Parisien
8:07 $0.99
9. Squatty Roo
4:04 $0.99
10. Christmas Medley
2:51 $0.99
11. Lullaby Medley
4:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
The following review appeared after a live performance of The Clarinet Choir May 24, 2002 at the "Cool and Crazy Jazz West Coast Party":

The Clarinet Choir, his (Fischer's) most recent project, consists of eight clarinets, augmented by two brass instruments and a rhythm section. Certainly, many of his previous recordings have made effective use of woodwinds, i.e., Whose Woods Are These from the late '70s. In this case, the emphasis is on the clarinets. Since the clarinets have to cover a very wide pitch range, they are further subdivided into different types of clarinets, consisting of four Bb clarinets (Gary Foster, Don Shelton, Jim Ercole, John Yoakum), one alto clarinet (Jeff Driskill), two Bb bass clarinets (Lee Callett, Gene Cipriano), and one Eb contrabass clarinet (Bob Carr). In the rhythm section were Fischer on electric piano, Brent Fischer on bass and Dick Weller on drums. Finally, in the brass section he featured Steve Huffsteter on mellophone bugle and Les Benedict on trombone. Gary Foster also played flute and alto sax for occasional solos.

The title song is a little-known composition by Duke Ellington.
--William S. Sinclair

A star turn for the 'secondary' clarinet

Clare Fischer's deft ensemble showcases the musical virtues of the woodwind.

By Don Heckman
Special to The Times

Clarinet players would have a hard time finding a better friend than Clare Fischer. At a time when the instrument - except in classical music settings - is largely relegated to secondary status, the veteran composer arranger is now providing it with an extraordinary showcase in the ensemble he calls his Clarinet Choir.
On Sunday at the Jazz Bakery, the 13-piece ensemble per-formed a program of Fischer's arrangements and original com-positions,delightfully displaying the instrument's musical virtues.
Most of the pieces were drawn from a recording, "On a Turquoise Cloud," with many of the same performers - including frequent soloists Gary Foster and Don Shelton, and the groups's two brass players, Steve Huffsteter and Les Benedict - present for the live performance.
Like Mozart, whose Clarinet Concerto and Clarinet Quintet established the instrument's primary aural template, Fischer realizes that the clarinet, with its three-octave-plus range, has at least three distinctly useful tonal registers. By exploiting the different qualities of those areas, enhancing his color palette by also including E-flat alto clarinet, B-flat bass clarinet and E-flat contrabass clarinet, his charts shimmered with a gorgeous range of multihued sounds.
On "Westwood Walk," for example, the clarinets were brisk and rhythmic in their dark-toned chalumeau register; in Fischer's transcription of Bach's "Air for the G String," the B-flat clarinets played the haunting melody in unison via the more penetrating clarion register.
Other tunes employed the full resources of all the instruments, from furry contrabass bottom to soaring high-note altissimo.



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When I heard his arrangements for clarinet group behind Joao Gilberto, the shivers went down my spine. Thankfully, sonic dejavu returns here in spades. Fischer blends his signature '80s digital keys/synth pad with the ensemble throughout and much of the writing is amazing, particularly the deep voicings. Also notable is the tone and tuning of the fine ensemble, and the arranging prowess shown on the cheesier medleys at the end.

Brian Pogson

Wonderful arrangements beautifully played. The clarinet in all its glory.
I thought I would take a moment to explain why On A Turquoise Cloud had such a resonance for me when I first heard it on KKJZ. My father was a rather well regarded multi-instrumentalist here in England for about 3 decades from the 1930's; from the day I was born I was exposed to his daily practicing. He was considered as one of the finest woodwind players of the day; as a result I was listening to the whole family of clarinets (he owned every one) as well as oboe, cor anglais, all the flutes and the entire range of saxophones. I remember he even owned and played the sopranino saxophone that could split concrete it was so piercingly loud! To hear the sounds of such a balanced group of beautifully played clarinets to me is a total joy. Thank you Clare Fischer and all who blew on the sessions.

Bernard Turcotte

Elegantly crafted beautiful sounds that music lovers will cherish forever!
For players and fans of clarinet music whether Jazz or Classical you have to hear and get On a Turquoise Cloud. This is a most wonderful addition to the repertoire. More than that...this is really and truly music without borders... of interest to anyone who loves great and elegant musical art of any kind..... done superbly, swingingly and with class ! Thank you Clare Fischer and thanks also to all of those superb musicians on this most beautiful of recordings!

Simon Pilbrow

Clarinets for all Seasons
This is a great example of the brilliance of Clare Fischer and his love affair with the sounds and tones of the clarinet family. Long term Fischer admirers will find much to enjoy. Surrounded by his long term musical collaborators, he weaves familiar and new sounds from his ensembles, peppered with great improvised contributions from the soloists. These are players who deeply appreciate Clare's writing and textures and colours. To appreciate the fullness of his clarinet palette and to pick up all the treasures, one needs to listen to the entire album several times. There is great variety in the material but the unique Fischer voicings and sounds (with their Ellington/Stravinksy/Shostakovich influenced harmonies and sensibilities) are everywhere. The solo voices are strong - with Gary Foster and Don Shelton most outstanding - both having played in Fischer aggregations over a 50 year period. This is a really fine collection of Clare Fischer music and superb musicianship and one to definitely add to your collection.