For their third collaboration on IPO records, veteran musicians pianist Roger Kellaway and multireed player Eddie Daniels recorded a benefit concert for Santa Fe Center for Therapeutic Riding." The resulting Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe is a tribute to pianist and composer Duke Ellington comprising eight of his standards and an original a piece by Kellaway and Daniels. This unique and elegant interpretation of Ellington's work is laid back but vibrant, exuberant yet mature. On trombonist Juan Tizol's classic, Perdido" for example, the melody is woven out of overlapping harmonic layers creating a dramatic three ...read more
For a powerful adrenaline rush, it's hard to beat a full house (sixteen or seventeen single-minded musicians wailing in unison and swinging like there's no tomorrow), although there's a lot to be said for a pair of aces, too. That's the hand that's dealt on Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe, the aces in question being clarinetist / tenor saxophonist Eddie Daniels and pianist Roger Kellaway (with cellist James Holland raising the ante as a wild card on four numbers). As the title denotes, this is music for the most part associated with Duke Ellington, ...read more
Duke Ellington elevated the art of big band writing to great heights, but his music was never relegated to the large ensemble corner of the room. While it's true that the large majority of his recordings showcase the ever-evolving, yet incredibly consistent Orchestra" he fronted, he wasn't averse to presenting his music in small group settings; in fact, the rare duo session--This One's For Blanton (Pablo, 1973) with bassist Ray Brown--or trio outing with unlikely collaborators--Money Jungle (United Artists, 1962) with bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach--are some of the most enjoyable and respected oddities in his sterling discography. ...read more
Perhaps no wind instrument can be as expressive as the human voice besides the trombone and clarinet. The litmus test, so to speak, might be to cast either instrument in a silent movie and then to watch the film as the instruments imitate the lives whose stories they tell. Of course the instruments must be played exceptionally well--perhaps trombonist Roswell Rudd and clarinetist Barney Bigard, in days gone by or, if the film were being made today, clarinetist Don Byron or Eddie Daniels. How about adding a piano and having Roger Kellaway sit in? That would be a miraculous film ...read more
This is a wonderfully sympathetic duo. Pianist Roger Kellaway has an identity which brings together Ellis Larkins, Bill Evans and deep knowledge of jazz piano, whilst Eddie Daniels may be the most formidably correct clarinetist in jazz today, without ever letting technique get in the way of expression. Add to this duo's many attributes the fact that they play without a safety net and you have something special--so much so that Kellaway and Daniels even make something out of the old George Gershwin warhorse Strike up the Band," which combines impressionistic qualities with sly, insidious wit. Of ...read more
The Library Of Congress is a repository for important cultural artifacts, so it seems only fitting that it should serve as the stage for a duo recital from two of jazz's greatest treasures. Clarinetist Eddie Daniels and pianist Roger Kellaway have built their individual careers and reputations as genre-blind artists with near-unmatched technical prowess on their respective instruments, making them ideally suited as duo partners. Daniels' place in jazz history was sealed when he joined up with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra as the group came into being in the mid-'60s, but his career path--which has involved ...read more
In 2005, longtime collaborators Eddie Daniels and Roger Kellaway reunited at Los Angeles' Jazz Bakery to try their skills without the comfort of bass or drums. Luckily, they were up to the challenge more than ever. The result, A Duet of One, presents two musicians who blend melody and spontaneity so well that they could improvise a symphony together.
From the first moments of I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," Daniels and Kellaway establish a foundation that only grows tighter, as the clarinet asks and the piano answers through the head. Both play with a delicate touch. Paquito D'Rivera writes, in ...read more