Beginning with Horák, many gamers have commissioned works for the instrument, and consequently there now exists a repertoire of a complete bunch of solo works, many by preferred foreign composers reminiscent of Brian Ferneyhough and David Lang. In addition to Horák, other expert performers encompass Henri Bok Netherlands, his student Luís Afonso Brazil, Dennis Smylie United States, Tommie Lundberg Sweden, Harry Sparnaay Netherlands, who has worked with important composers which include Luciano Berio, Iannis Xenakis, and Morton Feldman, Evan Ziporyn United States, and Michael Lowenstern United States; the latter two are also composers. The first jazz album on which the leader solely played bass clarinet was Great Ideas of Western Mann 1957 by Herbie Mann, better
referred to as a flautist. However, avant garde musician Eric Dolphy 1928–1964 was the first major jazz soloist on the tool, and dependent much of the vocabulary and method utilized by later performers. He used each of the range of the tool in his solos. Bennie Maupin emerged in the late 1960s as a main player of the device, playing on Miles Davis's seminal record Bitches Brew in addition to a few facts with Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi group. His style
resembles Dolphy's in its use of sophisticated harmonies. While the bass clarinet has been used often since Dolphy, it is in most cases applied by a saxophonist or clarinetist as a second or third tool; such musicians include David Murray, Marcus Miller, John Surman, John Gilmore, Bob Mintzer, John Coltrane to whom Dolphy's mother left a few of Dolphy's devices adding his bass clarinet, Brian Landrus, James Carter, Steve Buckley, Andy Biskin, Don Byron, Julian Siegel, Gunter Hampel, Michel Portal, and Chris Potter. Very few performers have used the tool solely, but such performers come with Berlin based bass clarinetist Rudi Mahall, and French bass clarinetists Louis Sclavis and Denis Colin. Klezmer clarinetist Giora Feidman is famous for idiosyncratic use of the bass clarinet on some klezmer and jazz tunes. There are a couple of contraptions that may arguably be considered the first bass clarinet.