April 7, 2010
Raising The Bar: The Definitive Mort Weiss
For his latest recording, Raising The Bar, clarinetist Mort Weiss accomplishes just that, recording a solo album, something he says has never been done on a horned instrument in jazz. Now 75 years old, Weiss sounds as strong as ever, due in part to a regimen of 2-3 hour daily practices, one mile walks and exercise six days per week. Flying without a net, Weiss aptly demonstrates that he is still a true virtuoso of his trade with interpretations of classics like, “My Shining Hour”, “Dear Old Stockholm” and “Just Friends”. On his version of “My Way”, Weiss shares a bit of sage advice on life. It’s a nice addition and one more reason not to miss this opportunity to hear the full sonic capability of an instrument in the hands of one of its master craftsmen.
Click here to listen to a clip of “It Might As Well Be Spring”.
Tracks: My Shining Hour, Smile, Tea for Two, Alfie, Sketches, Dear Old Stockholm. Everything Happens To Me, Without a Song, Blues for Hakan, Lunch in Navasota, Just Friends, What’s New?, Love Is A Many Splendored Thing, As Time Goes By, It Could Happen To You, It Might As Well Be Spring, My Way.