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Mort Weiss

Mort Weiss is a bebop-oriented clarinet player with ten albums as leader to date. After having taken 30-odd years off from playing, Weiss came to musical life as a leader in 2003 with The Mort Weiss Quartet (AKA Mort Wiess Meets Joey DeFrancesco) (SMS Jazz, 2003) following with B3 and Me (recorded in 2003 but not released until 2006). According to jazz writer Scott Yanow, “Clarinet-organ groups are far from common. In fact, prior to Mort Weiss' debut CD with organist Joey DeFrancesco, it is possible that combination had never been utilized before.” Indeed, but this didn't stop Weiss and DeFrancesco from doing so

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”I think the clarinetist to watch is Mort Weiss. After thirty years away from the clarinet, he has recently begun playing again and, is making remarkable progress. Mort has good ”ears” and a good “feel” for jazz, as this CD will attest. Straight ahead Mort.”

—Buddy DeFranco

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