Clarinet Road Vol. I: The Road to New Orleans

Clarinet Road Vol. I: The Road to New Orleans (2002)

​To find one's true voice

​Standards of the past ordain:

​First stop, New Orleans

​a Clarinet Road Haiku

Track Listing:

  1. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
  2. Basin Street Blues
  3. Carioca
  4. Monday Date
  5. Sweet Baby Doll
  6. St. James Infirmary
  7. If I Could Be with You
  8. You Made Me Love You
  9. After You've Gone
  10. Struttin' with Some B​BQ
  11. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
  12. Knee Drops

Total Time: ​50min

​About This Music:

​After the first duo collaboration ​for pianist Tom McDermott, Sanford Hinderlie and I discussed a "Clarinet Road" series of CDs. ​We agreed that the first needed to have a New Orleans theme. After all, where else would be a legitimate starting point for Clarinet Road?

I already had some nice tracks I'd recorded in California around 2001 with old friends including Chris Dawson on piano, but they weren't enough for a whole CD. Around this time, I had the wonderful revelation of the New Orleans string band tradition, in particular a band called the 6&​7/8's String Band. So, I was inspired to create some tracks with this texture, no drums, no piano. ​Those were recorded in New Orleans.

​In a somewhat raffiné chamber-music aesthetic, there's nothing too adventurous here​. ​​Nonetheless, the arrangements ​stay interesting with little twists, turns, forgotten parts of ​better-known songs, and occasional references to important recordings or nods to my favorite  players.

Album Info:

Release Date: ​September, 2002 (STR Digital Records)

Evan Christopher, clarinet (vocal on 7)

Chris Dawson, piano (2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 11)

Hal Smith, drums (2, 4, 6 & 10)

Lars Edegran, tenor guitar (1-3, 5, 7-10, 12)

John Rankin, acoustic guitar (1, 3, 7, 12)

John Eubanks, mandolin (1, 7, 12)

Richard Perles, violin (3 & 7)

Bryan Shaw, trumpet (2, 4, 10)​

Tracks 2 ,4 ,6, 8, 10 & 11 recorded by Bryan Shaw, Digital Brothers (Newport Beach, CA)

Tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 12recorded by Tim Stambaugh, Word of Mouth Studios (New Orleans, LA)

All tracks mixed by Tim Stambaugh at Word of Mouth

All tracks mastered by Sanford Hinderlie, STR Digital

​Produced by Evan Christopher & Sanford Hinderlie

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