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Blue Basement

by Bill Barner

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Nocturne 07:56
Srirachacha 04:18
Squid Blues 04:56
Bit Part 02:06
Waltz 07:33
Feet Notes 05:29


He shot her in the gut. Twice. Then he dropped the gun beside her on the bed and walked out. Tossing the gloves in the trash can on the corner, he crossed the street and into the Blue Basement Bar. There was no one around except the bartender who poured him a shot of rye and left him alone. Alone to think about her and what started six months ago. And about his bad luck with women. Bad, bad luck.

This pandemic project began in August, 2020. The musicians recorded their parts in Northern Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, Ohio, and Switzerland using pre-produced audio guides. Some of the pre-produced audio was used in the final recordings. David Kaplan and I put together the bits and pieces. I hope we will soon be able to enjoy music in person again. Thanks for listening.

Bill Barner
March 3, 2021


released March 3, 2021

Music by Bill Barner except “Bit Part” by David Kaplan
Produced by David Kaplan
Recorded in 2020
Painting by Ken Laager

Bill Barner—clarinet and tenor saxophone
David Kaplan—guitar
Ben Jeger—accordion
Tobin Mueller—piano and organ
Jerry O’Sullivan—trombone
Pete Chauvette—vibraphone and drums
Andy Woodson—bass
Louis Tsamous—drums


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Bill Barner plays clarinet and tenor sax in Washington, DC.

Ten Tunes reached number 10 on the jazz radio charts.

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