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  • Thomas Hoenisch wrote on February 11, 2008 report

    This article and interview can't remain uncommented.

    "The bassoon is an instrument that isn't a total stranger to jazz. Some have doubled on bassoon at times, but even that isn't often. Others have incorporated it into their compositions and arrangements. (See Michael Rabinowitz tear it up as part of the Mingus Orchestra some time). But it's reaching new places and new audiences with the 'arrival,' as it were, of Daniel Smith, a Brooklyn-born musician who reached acclaim with the instrument in the classical world and is taking it strongly into jazz."

    I beg your pardon? Either Mr. DeLuke isn't up to date or this is simply misinformation. Bassoonist Michael Rabinowitz leads his own group "Bassoon in the Wild," founded in 2002 (see http://www.joefonda.digitalspace.net/bassoon.html). This group has two CDs out, and there are five more CDs available with Michael Rabinowitz playing the bassoon. You can check Michael Rabinowitz's website (http://www.jazzbassoonist.com/) for more info. In addition to that he is a member of Joe Fonda's group "Bottoms Out" (see http://www.joefonda.digitalspace.net/bottomsout.html), founded in 2005. Bottoms Out has two CDs out.

    In addition to Michael Rabinowitz one has to mention Paul Hanson (see http://www.jazzbassoon.com/). Paul Hanson just released a new CD featuring Dennis Chambers on drums among others. Mr. Smith will have to do a lot of practicing to reach the level of Paul Hanson.
    Read Ian Patterson's review of Paul Hanson's latest release "Frolic in the Land of Plenty."
    http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=28629

    No serious jazz enthusiast had to wait for the "arrival" of Daniel Smith taking the bassoon "strongly into jazz."

    AAJ: "Do you see yourself as a pioneer on the instrument?"

    Daniel Smith: "I would suppose so. ..."


    I beg your pardon? This amount of self esteem and ignorance leaves me pretty dumbfounded! Sorry, but Mr. Smith's knowledge about jazz and the history of the bassoon in jazz desperately needs some listening and reading.

    I wish Mr. Smith all the best with regard to improving his (jazz-) playing and for his future projects. But I'd also be glad if he would become a bit more decent when it comes to his role as a "pioneer" on the bassoon in jazz. And I'd also be glad if the next interview would be conducted by an interviewer who's done his homework and is able to keep a critical distance to the artist.

    With all due respect, but this article/interview is a nice piece of promotion for Daniel Smith.

  • Tim Brown wrote on October 08, 2010 report

    I listened to some of 'Swingin' Bassoon' and found his intonation annoyingly bad.
    Overall kind of clumsy and amateurish.
    I think Paul Hanson is much better, however he's into jazz fusion more than the earlier be-bop & hard bop etc.

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