WILLIAM O. SMITH

"A Virtuoso on his instrument" ..... Time

"Fantastic" .... Saturday Review

"Astonishing technique" ..... San Francisco Examiner

"Not only an incomparable clarinetist but a real inventor" ..... Musica d'Oggi (Italy)

"William O. Smith's unbelievable (literally) Variants for Solo Clarinet... William Smith's clarinet pieces, played by himself, must be heard to be believed - double, even triple stops; pure whistling harmonics; tremolo growls and burbles; ghosts of tones, shrill screams of sounds, weird echoes, whispers and clarinet twitches; the thinnest of thin pure line; then veritable avalanches of bubbling, burbling sound. Completely impossible except that it happened; with that kind of playing who needs electronic music?" ..... N.Y. Herald Tribune

BILL SMITH

"Smith plays with fluency, bite and passion" .....Down Beat

"An apparently inexhaustible imagination and a demonstraly limitless technique combine to make Smith, for me at any rate, the most important jazz soloist since Parker and Gillespie" ... Jazz Journal

"William O. Smith, the adventurous clarinetist who was a key member of the original octet......deliciously irreverant solo"......New York Times


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