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
The homecoming in the title of Eddie Daniels' new album refers to the first New York club appearance in two decades in 2006 by the Brooklyn-born clarinet virtuoso, who's made his home in New Mexico for more than a decade. The live two-CD recording from Iridium--just five blocks from Daniels' alma mater, the old High School of Performing Arts--also highlights a return to an instrument he's played infrequently in recent years, the tenor saxophone. Joined by West Coast cohorts Tom Ranier (piano) and Joe La Barbera (drums), along with New Yorkers David Finck (bass) and Joe Locke ...read more
For Mean What You Say, Eddie Daniels reunites with two of his bandmates from the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (Hank Jones and Richard Davis), plus Kenny Washington on drums. He also brings his tenor sax on this fine studio date for the first time in quite a while. Although he has concentrated on the clarinet for decades, Daniels still has plenty of tenor chops, as evident on his boisterous interpretation of Mean What You Say and the lyrical setting of My One and Only Love (which will immediately conjure the famous recording by John Coltrane and Johnny ...read more
Multi-reed player Eddie Daniels has long been considered one of the best clarinetists in the business, and that ranking often includes Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. Although he still does record rather infrequently (this is only his third album in the past ten years), Daniels still places in the jazz polls as one of the best clarinetists around, usually in the company of such artists as Ken Peplowski, Kenny Davern and Buddy DeFranco, insofar as active players are concerned.
Eddie Daniels is the product of the New York educational system. He graduated from the High School of Performing ...read more
Eddie Daniels has been under the radar for several years now. The woodwind specialist has surfaced to play on occasion, but the presence that once marked him has been missing. He is now back with a stellar cast and a new recording. Daniels is in top-notch form on Mean What You Say, and hopefully he will continue to be more visible in performance and on record.
The selection of well-tested standards serves the band well. The musicians unveil them with ease, but also with feeling. Each piece is shaped into an experience that lingers.
Daniels and Hank Jones wrote Why ...read more
Straight-ahead jazz doesn't get much cleaner than this. When the Eddie Daniels Quartet goes to work, the business turns neat as a pin.
They swing, too, with the intuition of veterans who have yet to run out of ideas. Cohesiveness, tone quality, intonation and a personal feel for the music's syncopated rhythms give the group a positive foundation. To this formula, they add the kind of spontaneity and creativity that has given jazz its appeal for at least a hundred years.
Daniels, who's 64, played tenor with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra for six years when ...read more
The presence of Hank Jones permeates this recording so much that the Eddie Daniels Quartet may be better titled the Hank Jones-Eddie Daniels Quartet on Mean What You Say. In fact, the whole quartet, rounded out with bassist Richard Davis and drummer Kenny Washington, is top-drawer, which goes a long way in making Mean What You Say one of the finest mainstream jazz recordings of the year. Covering the Swing Era and bebop, Mean What You Say is no mere blowing session. The performances are precise and houghtful.
Eddie Daniels is considered foremost among performing clarinetists. He also ...read more
Reedman Eddie Daniels, best known as a virtuosic clarinetist who crosses the borders between jazz and classical, offers up his first straight-ahead jazz set in a decade on Mean What You Say. It's a classic sound: tenor sax and clarinet backed by an understated but stellar rhythm team comprised of the venerable Hank Jones (piano), Richard Davis (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums).Daniels is best known for his clarinet playing, and his profile that rose considerably after he won a Grammy for his 1989 performance on the Roger Calloway arrangement of Memos From Paradise." But he opens this set ...read more
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