On this Postcards Records album, John Clark: I Will, John Clark demonstrates loudly, clearly, and beautifully why he is not only a brilliant Jazz composer, improviser, and orchestrator, but the first-choice French horn player of such legendary musicians as Gil Evans, Billy Joel, B. B. King, McCoy Tyner, Sting, and countless others. The music encompasses orchestral quintet arrangements and smaller group interplay. As always, John Clark’s musical genius shines though, provoking personal introspection amongst listeners and critics lost in the depth of his signature manner.
“4 Stars… command of a forbidding instrument that speaks a solo language rarely heard in jazz…[Clark] sets ambitious goals…
He showcases his gifts as soloist, composer, orchestrator, and instigator. . . . He sets every stage and his solos are revelatory.”
– Down Beat Magazine
“Clark has conjured up a mercurial, exciting set. The CD runs the gamut musically – from the ravishing, leisurely title track . . .
to a feisty take on Sonny Rollins’ ‘Airegin’ and a deeply soulful rendition of ‘My One and Only Love’.” – Jazziz Magazine
The music on the album varies from the hard-driving rendition of John Coltrane‘s India and the humor of Bad Attitude, which shows off Clark’s profound rhythmic and harmonic soul, to passionate ballads like the title track, I Will. With this CD release from the Postcards label, entitled John Clark: I Will the French Horn Jazz maestro showcases his intuitive and visceral soloing, as well as his eclectic taste and harmonious gifts as a player, leader, and composer of a music happily unrestrained by stylistic definition.
Critic’s Choice “This newest set from progressive jazzman John Clark reaffirms his distinctive and engaging talent –
and not just in [the] somewhat narrow filed of jazz French horn players.” –– Billboard
“John Clark . . . shows here his mastery of the horn in settings inventive and varied . . . rich sounds . . . The high luster on these
recordings is far more than just an illusion of depth.” –– JazzTimes Magazine
96th Street Sonata:
|John Clark – french horn
Trevor Clark – sitar (on 1)
Stanton Davis – trumpet (on 1, 6, 7, 9)
Bruce Ditmas – drums (on 1, 2, 4-6, 8, 9)
Alex Foster – tenor and soprano saxophones (on 1-4, 6, 9)
Chris Hunter – flute and alto saxophone (on 1, 9)
Howard Johnson – bass clarinet (on 1, 9)
Ryo Kawasaki – guitar (on 1, 5, 6, 9)
Pete Levin – keyboard (on 1, 2, 4-6, 9, 10)
Bob Stewart – tuba (on 8)
Dave Taylor – trombone and bass trombone (on 1, 6, 7, 9)
AllMusic Review by Joel Roberts
On his fourth album as a leader, French horn player John Clark showcases his talents as a composer and arranger for a rotating ensemble of up to eleven musicians, including Alex Foster on saxophone, Ryo Kawasaki on guitar, and Howard Johnson on bass clarinet. The eclectic lineup works its way through five Clark originals and three standards, including a rousing large group take on John Coltrane’s “India,” which opens, appropriately enough, with a sitar. Clark’s compositions range from freely improvised duos and trios to more intricately orchestrated pieces for larger groups. The ensemble playing throughout the album is always interesting and frequently inspired.