Sam Sadigursky’s father, a classically trained clarinetist and accordionist from the former Soviet Union, dreamed of someday playing jazz clarinet. As it turned out, the son, who started playing saxophone, shifted to clarinet (and bass clarinet) some years ago and found that many folks were calling for him to play the instrument — the “stick” in the title of his entrancing new album, Follow the Stick (Brooklyn Jazz Underground). Backed by a brilliant cast of improvisers — notably, Chris Dingman on vibes and marimba, and Bobby Avey on piano — Sadigursky’s expressive clarinet speaks and soars on original compositions, old and new. The rollicking, always lively album also features an updated take on the Glenn Miller hit, “String of Pearls.” — M.S.
(American Jewish World, 1.29.16)
Sam Sadigursky talks about Follow the Stick: