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Customer Reviews (2)
- "Woodwind Wizard!"Review by Big Toots
Recorded in 1978, “Blackstick” is a fine effort wherein leader Ron Odrich grabs two black sticks – his clarinet, of course, and its bigger and deeper sounding brother, the bass clarinet - and wails away across 11 selections with the genre bar tipping some to the Bossa Nova. Backed by two different superb piano-less rhythm sections comprised of New York studio types (including a third – with a few Odrich relatives supporting just as terrifically as the Apple Boys on Jobim’s “How Insensitive”), Odrich and all the teams are invigorating, musically marvelous collaborations.
On either axe – and on both as he overdubbed here at times - Odrich is a marvel of technique, control and improvisational fervor. To his credit, Odrich, classically-trained, never manhandles or overblows the delicate woodwind which some clarinetists of lesser talent frequently do. His sound is robust, his vibrato superbly quasi-vocal and phrasing ideal. And, he swings his tuchis off (“Espresso,” “Line for Lyons,” “Waltz”). On the slower material, Odrich’s dynamics and expression thereof are divine (“Summer Day”). He’s an all-around ace.
Brother Jim Odrich provided six neat originals (and all the arrangements) with the bulk of the date being send-ups of well-known Gerry Mulligan material (“Espresso,” “Line for Lyons,” “Wood on Wood,” and the burning “Idol Gossip”). Irrespective of the genre or groove here, Odrich holds court swashbuckling his way across both melody and his solo excursions. His overdubbing is perfection, being meticulous in terms of intonation, timing and articulation – no small feat.
Overall, “Blackstick” is a terrific listen. It’s Ron Odrich at his wood-wizardry finest.
(Posted on 5/12/2015)
- Ron Odrich: BlackstickReview by Simon Sez
Blackstick is a wonderful recording, featuring Oldrich on clarinet and bass clarinet, sometimes at the same time (using overdubbing). He not only interacts very well with himself but with a top rhythm section that includes Gene Bertoncini or Harry Leahy on guitar. These versions of “Line For Lyons,” “Idol Gossip” (Odrich loves Gerry Mulligan songs), his own “Wood On Wood” and even a song called “Afro-Disco” are memorable.
Simon Sez: Ron Odrich on Blackstick (CJ35) shows that he has been one of the best modern jazz clarinetists of the past 40 years.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
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