Reviews & Testimonials

PAUL GREEN/A Bissel Rhythm: No, it’s not an experimental set paying tribute to a vacuum cleaner. With a feeling that Mickey Katz could jump out at any time and start singing “Essen” or that this could turn up in a movie soundtrack under a Jewish wedding or party scene, clarinetist Green continues his Jewish/jazz fusion with moves that frequently move beyond the pale, but not too far. Sprightly and spirited, this is a fine modern take on another oppressed people cutting loose and having a good time. Take that ya Czar, you! – Chris Spector, Midwest Record

PAUL GREEN/Music Coming Together: Yeah, yeah, yeah, others have melded jazz and klezmer in the past, but how many of them were hot shot classical musicians who’s grand father was a cantor—and never knew it? As much inward journey as experimentation, if anything, Green’s mash up has led him to his inner Kurt Weill and you can hear these melodies fitting easily into “Lost in the Stars” or “Three Penny Opera” without any problem, even as he does tongue in cheek riffs on Miles and Wayne Shorter. While Green may not be sure if this recording is michik or fleishik, it’s a pretty dazzling set of adult, instrumental music with a world beat edge. A nifty treat that takes you beyond the pale, this is sure bet when you want to get into some pure listening music that won’t let you down. Well done. – Chris Spector, Midwest Record

All together I feel like I won’t soon find an album as emotionally rooted, worldly driven, or as refreshing and interesting as Paul Green’s “Music Coming Together.” It’s just so different from what I’m used to but just as easily capable of making you fall in love with the music. The moods, the ambiance, the atmosphere: This album has it all. – AJ Garcia, Shakefire 

Juilliard-trained clarinetist Paul Green’s exuberant playing, in particular, was spot-on and as spirited — in a Klezmery way — as one could possibly require. Not all classically-trained clarinetists are capable of performing Klezmer-inflected music convincingly, but Green has unquestionably mastered the style.  — Berkshire Edge

Like a cobra intent on doing some charming of its own, the clarinetist Paul Green weaved, darted and hovered over his instrument at his recital in Merkin Concert Hall…timesconjuring gorgeous sounds.

Mr. Green is a superb artist. His command of the instrument is both masterful and insightful. Mr. Green is an expressive and imaginative player, adding a perfect balance of spontaneity and intelligence to his playing. His tone has a wide variety of colors. His repertoire is extensive and varied, going from the standard classical clarinet solo and orchestral literature to other styles, in particular Klezmer and Jazz. Claudio Jaffe, Dean, Lynn University School of Music

It was a delight to have you…performing examples of klezmer music. It was a wonderful enhancement to the lecture, and our patrons were very pleased. Cece Daratany, Education Associate Curriculum, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Poulenc’s sonata was brilliantly played by Green.South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Green’s keening clarinet and full-metal advocacy were dazzling in the finale.South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto featured principal Paul Green in a beautiful performance. Green’s clarinet soared with gorgeous tone in the slow, angular melody of the first section….This was the orchestra’s best playing of the evening, and the soloist was superb.Vero Beach Press Journal

Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, however, was a complete success, with clarinetist Paul Green’s genuinely brilliant, idiomatic soloist, especially in the saucy jazzy movement.The Miami Herald

A badly played clarinet is about as kind to the ear as a fingernail slithering across a chalkboard. But with the hands and breath of a master, that instrument can purr and wail and soar with magical beauty. Paul Green is such a master, which makes his performance this week of Copland’s exquisitely crafted Clarinet Concerto with the Symphony of the Americas quite enticing.South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Most beautiful was clarinetist Paul Green’s introduction of the elegantly simple Shaker hymn ‘Simple Gifts’ at the end.The Denver Post

…Green did play the controversial opus, and it became the highlight of an interesting and varied evening. The work in question is ‘Cronicos,’ by Cuban composer Sergio Barroso. It’s apparently a specialty of clarinetist Green, a well-known artist in Southern Florida. It shows off his impressive technical skills, including among other feats in the course of the work: trills on a single note, jazz-influenced pitch alterations from the lip and extensive ‘flutter-tonguing,’ the live performer interacted with rather innocuous taped sounds to delightful effect.Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The overall mood, heightened by darkly colored orchestration, is dramatic; this is not a trivial score. It’s ideally suited to clarinetist Paul Green’s sensitive virtuosity.South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Green, whose career has seesawed between music and the law with music winning out in the end was delightful as his clarinet sobbed and moaned and laughed in distinctive clarinet fashion.The Berkshire Eagle

Green…demonstrated more than a well-conditioned technique and a gold tone; he tapped the spirituality that flows through the music, the tender resignation and half smile that seems to be behind every phrase.South Florida Sun-Sentinel

[Green’s] sound was round, taking on an edge only as a color, not as a habit. He was quite capable of playing the same note with a wholly different timbre determined by the context.The Star-Ledger

Green’s performance of the dance like final rondo had the kind of robust charm that must have attracted Mozart to the clarinet.Albany Times Union

Green’s utter mastery of his instrument made the presto and prestissimo movements whiz by with their Gallic zing intact. Albany Times Union

The clarinet holds no apparent technical problems for Green, certainly not in this demanding but rewarding composition. There was much fine legato playing here, deft handling of rhythmic patterns and always a beautiful, never forced tone, even at the uppermost limits of the instrument’s range.Bennington Banner

It was with much trepidation that I returned to the clarinet two years ago. But I was introduced to Paul and have met with for instruction almost every week since then. Paul is a superb teacher. He is patient, supportive and encouraging even as he challenges me forward. In addition to his having a fine grasp of clarinet pedagogy, his musicality and his encouragement of my musical expressivity makes each lesson a privilege.- Arnold Cohen, psychiatrist, New York / New Marlborough

Paul brings extraordinary experience, talent, love of teaching and energy to every lesson. His knowledge of all things clarinet is vast — the classical, modern and klezmer repertoire; historical context for the music; alternative approaches to practicing. With Paul, I not only learn how to be a better clarinetist, but I learn how to be a better musician. Brian Kardon, businessman, Boston, online clarinet student.

Perhaps the most useful thing I can say about being a student of Paul Green is that after only 4 months of lessons I am definitely a better player. Paul has helped me in so many ways: My sound is better – bigger, more rounded, more present; my technique has definitely improved, and most important, I am learning to hear the music better. I have had several clarinet teachers over the years and Paul has been by far the most effective.Clyde Haberman, Option Institute, Sheffield, MA., former professional saxophone player

Paul Green’s clarinet playing is flawless . . . full of emotion and expertly delivered. In particular, his command of the extreme upper register of the instrument is incomparable.  Not only is he a genius technician on the clarinet, he also delivers with impeccable intonation, smooth and even tone quality throughout, and a sensitivity to every dynamic nuance.  In short, he plays with a complete and thorough command of every aspect of the instrument, the likes of which are rarely seen. He has absolutely no weaknesses as a player. Roby George, Director of Bands at Indiana State University and formerly Florida International University in Miami