Learn How

Help improve All About Jazz

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. For $20, we'll hide those pesky Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

144

Eddie Daniels: Homecoming - Live At The Iridium

Joel Roberts By

Sign in to view read count
Eddie Daniels: Homecoming - Live At The Iridium 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 (vibes), Daniels plays up a storm on both instruments, proving his tenor chops on surprisingly fast and furious versions of "Falling in Love with Love and a Coltrane-inspired "Night and Day. He slows things down for a heartfelt take on Ellington's "Warm Valley that evokes one of Duke's great tenor players, Ben Webster.

But it's the clarinet that remains Daniels' bread and butter and he reminds listeners throughout the album why he's been one of the top jazz (and classical) performers on the instrument for decades. For an example of Daniels' sheer virtuosity, check out his explosive playing on "That's for Afta, a burner based on the changes of "After You've Gone. For a taste of his harmonic inventiveness, give a listen to "Deja Vu MJQ, an elegant reading of Roger Kellaway's homage to the Modern Jazz Quartet. The MJQ influence is present throughout the recording—indeed he says his vision of his sound is "the Modern Jazz Quartet along with clarinet —most obviously on an inspired fourteen-minute version of the group's classic "Django, with beautiful contributions by Locke.


Track Listing: Falling In the Love With Love; Resolution; Not Alone, Under the Wire; Django; Love's Long Journey; That's For Afta; Deja Vu MJQ; Warm Valley; Night And Day, Prism; Chosen Words; Django; That's For Afta; Falling In Love With Love.

Personnel: Eddie Daniels; clarinet; Tom Ranier; piano; Joe Locke, vibraphone; Dave Finck; bass; Joe La Barbera; drums.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: IPO Recordings | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Hear & Now CD/LP/Track Review Hear & Now
Read Known-Unknown CD/LP/Track Review Known-Unknown
Read Live At Vilnius Jazz Festival CD/LP/Track Review Live At Vilnius Jazz Festival
Read Stinger CD/LP/Track Review Stinger
Read Binary CD/LP/Track Review Binary
Read Piano Song CD/LP/Track Review Piano Song
Read "Godspeed" CD/LP/Track Review Godspeed
Read "The Expensive Train Set" CD/LP/Track Review The Expensive Train Set
Read "Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau" CD/LP/Track Review Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
Read "Five" CD/LP/Track Review Five
Read "Swong" CD/LP/Track Review Swong

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Get Jazz Near You via email!

Enjoy the convenience of receiving a comprehensive listing of jazz events in your area every Thursday. It's free!