Herod is an original composition of mine that has multiple movements. The first movement features a bass clarinet theme with improvisational ornamentation by clarinetist Don Byron. The composition's second movement features the statement of a new theme by pianist Xavier Davis before the horns return with the start of a steady tempo. The clarinet and bass clarinet solos use this an independently composed solo form with a latin feel that was originally inspired a John Coltrane composition entitled Wise One.
The presence of Don Byron on clarinet is meaningful to me as he is one of the few jazz musicians over recent decades to apply the clarinet in a modern jazz context. His playing has served as an inspiration to me when I was starting in jazz and looking for examples that clarinet could be effectively used and helped pave the way for my own efforts to carve out a role for the bass clarinet as an intense modern jazz capable of soloing over chord structures to generate intensity and momentum equal to more traditional jazz horns like the saxophone and trumpet.