Wake Up, ClarinetFall 2010 Music
Woodwind artist Oran Etkin-whose 2009 fusion of modern jazz and world music for adults, "Kelenia," was awarded Best World Beat Album by the Independent Music Awards, and who was recently featured on the Putumayo Kids "Jazz Playground" CD-introduces young listeners to the clarinet. Using the framework of the "Timbalooloo" music education program he has created for children, Etkin offers easy narrative and fetching smooth jazz arrangements that draw children into the varied world of musical expression. To illustrate the clarinet's melodic role, Etkin gives it a warm and friendly voice that sings, chuckles and speaks in a musical language that requires no interpretation. He is joined by a notable band of artists including Jason Marsalis on drums and the deep velvet stylings of jazz vocalist Charnee Wade.