Crossing the Line

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Jazz-classical fusion is almost always a bad idea. Or, more precisely, it's almost always a good idea that almost never gets executed well apologies to Gunther Schuller. The problem is that so many wind players are adept at both styles that they almost invariably decide to mix them up at some point in their careers, and the results are usually embarrassing. Top-notch jazz clarinetists Eddie Daniels and Larry Combs have avoided that trap by juxtaposing the two disciplines on a single album program, rather than trying to mix them together like an ill-advised stew. And for them, the idea works beautifully. Crossing the Line opens with an obscure but gorgeous piece for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Jazz-classical fusion is almost always a bad idea. Or, more precisely, it's almost always a good idea that almost never gets executed well apologies to Gunther Schuller. The problem is that so many wind players are adept at both styles that they almost invariably decide to mix them up at some point in their careers, and the results are usually embarrassing. Top-notch jazz clarinetists Eddie Daniels and Larry Combs have avoided that trap by juxtaposing the two disciplines on a single album program, rather than trying to mix them together like an ill-advised stew. And for them, the idea works beautifully. Crossing the Line opens with an obscure but gorgeous piece for clarinet duo and string quintet by the 19th century Italian composer Amilcare Ponchielli, then veers off into a brief snippet of duo improvisation before settling into a four-part set of clarinet duos by Ignaz Pleyel, which is followed by another brief improvisation. That pattern repeats until the end, with modern and classical pieces alternating with brief improvisations until the end, when Combs and Daniels play a straight four-tune set of jazz standards with a conventional quintet. Their "legit" chops are every bit as impressive as their jazz playing, and everything on this album is a mellifluous joy. Very highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • Label: Summit(Classical)
  • UPC: 099402102221
  • Catalog Number: 1022
  • Sales rank: 111,341

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Il Convegno, divertimento for 2 clarinets & piano (or band) (11:14)
  2. 2 Noodle 1 "Jumping In" (0:56)
  3. 3 Original Duos: Allegro (4:55)
  4. 4 Original Duos: Andante Grazioso (2:51)
  5. 5 Original Duos: Variazioni (6:19)
  6. 6 Original Duos: Rondo (2:49)
  7. 7 Noodle 2 "Freedom" (0:47)
  8. 8 With Humor (5:18)
  9. 9 Ballad (2:30)
  10. 10 Ragtime (2:50)
  11. 11 Noodle 3 "Loosey Goosey" (1:01)
  12. 12 Sonata for Two Flutes: II. Cantabile (1:41)
  13. 13 Slow (0:43)
  14. 14 Moderate (1:21)
  15. 15 Slow (0:32)
  16. 16 Fast (1:13)
  17. 17 Slow (0:27)
  18. 18 Noodle 4 "Blue Noodle" (2:20)
  19. 19 Hallucinations (4:43)
  20. 20 We Will Meet Again (5:50)
  21. 21 Blue Monk (5:52)
  22. 22 André de Sapato Novo (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Daniels Primary Artist, Clarinet
Larry Combs Clarinet
Gary Novak Drums
Larry Novak Piano
Brad Opland Double Bass
Rami Solomonow Viola, String Quartet
Chicago String Quartet String Quartet
Daniels-Combs Jazz Quintet Ensemble
Technical Credits
Amilcare Ponchielli Composer
Gordon Goodwin Composer
Bud Powell Composer
Larry Combs Producer, Contributor
Eddie Daniels Producer, Contributor
Thelonious Monk Composer
Gary Novak Contributor
Larry Novak Contributor
Julie de Roche Producer
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