Whale Music

David Rothenberg

I heard this guy in a radio interview, which I wasn’t paying attention to, frankly, until they started playing some of his music. My attention perked up because I thought it was something delicious from Sun Ra. It turns out this guy Rothenberg (on bass clarinet) is capable of some mean jazz with whales. Yes, with wales. He has done recordings of whale sounds and improvised over it on clarinet, keyboard and various electronic instruments, and the results are astounding, especially if you like Sun Ra.

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