Inheritance is a composition of mne inspired by a Branford Marsalis composition which itself shows inspiration from a composition by John Coltrane. The title communicates this nature of how jazz musicians often build upon (and pay homage to) works of the masters that have come before us. The melody uses a repeating sparse main theme with more intricate melodies mixed in and also features the extensive low to high ranges of the bass clarinet.
The first solo shows my efforts to use 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. This is a departure from more traditional usage of the bass clarinet in jazz which tends to lean towards avant garde or slow textural playing. This selection also features solos from pianist George Colligan and drummer Warren Wolf with bass playing by Eric Wheeler.