Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

by Eddie Daniels
     
 

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 resultsSee more details below

Overview

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:
09/07/2004
Label:
Summit(Classical)
UPC:
0099402102221
catalogNumber:
1022
Rank:
338508

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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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