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Jack Brymer, England’s most eminent clarinettist, was also a great communicator. In the six decades following WW2 he built up a reputation as a raconteur, being able to call upon his lifetime of experiences at the top of a rather esoteric profession. During the 1970’s he found time to host a number of DJ style broadcasts exhibiting his deep mellifluous voice and a wealth of entertaining anecdotes.
Having played Principal Clarinet in all the major London orchestras and under the baton of every conductor known to mankind, few people knew of Jack Brymer’s ability on the jazz platform and even fewer were aware of his fluency on the saxophone. One series of broadcasts was of him talking about the saxophone quartet. He demonstrated his love of light classical music by playing with the Michael Krein Saxophone Quartet, taking the role of its deceased founder and leader.
These programmes were so successful that the quartet was asked to make a record. This compilation is dedicated to the memories of Michael Krein, Jack Brymer, Gordon Lewin, Norman Barker and Chester Smith – all masters of their art.
Albéniz • Françaix • Mozart • Debussy • Michael Krein
This CD consists of tracks from the BBC broadcasts (reproduced by kind permission) and transfers from the Canon Records LP.
‘A rare opportunity to hear the clarinettist Jack Brymer playing soprano saxophone on this historical and important release. Both the playing and the repertoire is a delight! ‘Brymer, who played in both the Royal Philharmonic and BBC Symphony orchestras, plays soprano sax elegantly and directs this excellent ensemble’.