Ever since Irving Fazola clarinet players have tried to get what they call the 'Fat Dark Mellow Tone' and Pete Fountain flat nails it!
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Starting with "Basin Street Blues" (left) - then to - "Crazy" (a Patsy Cline hit song) Pete hits the notes creating that mellow tone that only the very best clarinet players in the world can manage.
"When I was a high school senior, my history teacher asked me why I didn’t study more... I answered that I was too busy playing clarinet every night, and when I told him I was making scale — about $125 a week — he said that was more than he made and I should play full time. I guess I was a professional from that point on."
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In my opinion Pete did the right thing!
That's the flipSide!