Eddie Daniels Quartet New CD "Mean What You Say" Street Date May 9, 2006


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Eddie Daniels Quartet Mean What You Say
Hank Jones, Richard Davis, Kenny Washington
Street Date May 9, 2006

The new release is called Mean What You Say, a new recording by Grammy Award winner Eddie Daniels, leading a quartet that includes piano legend Hank Jones and the great bass and drums combination of Richard Davis and Kenny Washington.

Due in stores on May 9, 2006, this will be the first straight-ahead jazz recording by the great clarinetist in a decade, and features his return to the tenor saxophone, as well as the clarinet. The solid-gold rhythm section includes Hank Jones and Richard Davis, who along with Eddie were charter members of the legendary Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra.

Since coming to prominence with the Jones-Lewis band, Eddie Daniels has achieved a unique place among clarinet players, in both the jazz and classical worlds. The eminent jazz critic Leonard Feather said of Eddie, “It is a rare event in jazz where one man can all but reinvent an instrument bringing it to a new stage of revolution." With a memorable series of recordings on the famous GRP label, including the Grammy Award winning Memos from Paradise, Eddie revolutionized clarinet playing, combining jazz and classical influences in a unique and highly personal statement. No less an authority than Leonard Bernstein said that “Eddie Daniels combines elegance and virtuosity in a way that makes me remember Arthur Rubenstein. He is a thoroughly well-bred demon."

Mean What You Say is a major musical statement and a return to Eddie's roots in modern jazz. As his collaborators, he chose two of the living giants of jazz, Hank Jones and Richard Davis, with whom he first played almost 40 years ago, along with the great drummer, Kenny Washington. Hank, the dean of modern jazz pianists, was one of Eddie's first employers in the late 1960s, in frequent gigs led by Hank around New York. The pleasure of their reunion is reflected in the spirit of the music on the album, and the rapport between these two legends on their respective instruments is one of its highlights.

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