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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
The clarinet continues to make a comeback in jazz. While not reaching the pinnacle it occupied during the 1930s and 1940s, it has regained some of the prominence it had as a jazz instrument, and not just with New Orleans traditional jazz, but mainstream, post-bop, and modern as well. This resurgence has been helped by the likes of Don Byron, Alan Vaché, Ken Peplowski, Antti Sarpila -- and Eddie Daniels. Daniels has now added to the movement with this album backed by the very professional hr Big Band "hr" being the nomenclature for the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. The play list for this session includes standards associated with clarinetists from the instruments' golden era, a ...
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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
The clarinet continues to make a comeback in jazz. While not reaching the pinnacle it occupied during the 1930s and 1940s, it has regained some of the prominence it had as a jazz instrument, and not just with New Orleans traditional jazz, but mainstream, post-bop, and modern as well. This resurgence has been helped by the likes of Don Byron, Alan Vaché, Ken Peplowski, Antti Sarpila -- and Eddie Daniels. Daniels has now added to the movement with this album backed by the very professional hr Big Band "hr" being the nomenclature for the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. The play list for this session includes standards associated with clarinetists from the instruments' golden era, a couple of jazz standards, and two originals by Daniels. One of the tributes to his major influence, Benny Goodman, is a lovely recitation of Gordon Jenkins' "Goodbye," Goodman's signature tune. Daniels' approach is different as he plays in a lower register, adds arpeggios, engages in dazzling runs, and improvises on the melody line, giving the tune an almost classical sound. In fact, there is a classical ambience to the entire set, with many of the pieces coming off as short concerti for clarinet and orchestra. Classical bent notwithstanding, the clarinet was the darling of the swing era and that genre is not ignored, with such authentically performed tunes as "Stompin' at the Savoy" and "Sing, Sing, Sing." But these references to Goodman's material are not knee-jerk imitations. Daniels and the orchestra take a fresh look and, in doing so, help to dispel the rap that while the clarinetist is a technical wonder, he is not especially innovative. Creativity is also dominant on Thad Jones' tune "Three in One," and Artie Shaw is remembered with two of the tunes he made famous. All in all, there is not a disappointing track on the CD. This joint venture between Daniels and the 16-piece hr Big Band is a successful one and would enhance any collection. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2000
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351507327
  • Catalog Number: 5073
  • Sales rank: 144,750

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Begin the Beguine (5:20)
  2. 2 Stompin' at the Savoy (3:57)
  3. 3 Stardust (5:34)
  4. 4 Three in One (5:17)
  5. 5 Quiet Now (6:36)
  6. 6 Stride Rite (5:18)
  7. 7 Waltz for Mirabai (4:43)
  8. 8 Goodbye (6:53)
  9. 9 Sing, Sing, Sing (7:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Daniels Primary Artist, Clarinet
Tony Lakatos Tenor Saxophone
Kurt Bong Conductor
Thomas Heidepriem Bass
Wilson De Oliviera Tenor Saxophone
Wolfgang Haffner Drums
Peter Feil Trombone
Torolf Molgaard Trombone
John Oslawski Baritone Saxophone
Martin Auer Trumpet
Harry Petersen Alto Saxophone
Peter Reiter Piano
Heinz Dieter Saurborn Alto Saxophone
Werner Vetterer Guitar
Günter Bollmann Trombone
Alexandre Malempré Trumpet
Manfred Honetschläger Trombone
Technical Credits
Gordon Jenkins Composer
Thad Jones Arranger
Peter Herbolzheimer Arranger
Eddie Daniels Producer, Liner Notes
Wilson De Oliviera Arranger
Peter Feil Arranger
Peter Reiter Arranger
Hessischer Rundfunk Executive Producer
Rainer Schulz Engineer
Axel Gutzler Producer, Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweet Clarinet, Indeed

    Vibrantly recorded in Germany in August, 1999, this magnificent disc is the result of a project that united saxophonist/clarinetist Daniels with the 17-strong Frankfurt Radio Big Band (a.k.a the hr Big Band). Revisiting classic tunes from the heyday of the big bands, as well as a few more contemporary charts, this lushly-orchestrated program is no exercise in nostalgia; everybody on board here plays with impassioned commitment. Starting off with a smartly syncopated arrangement of ¿Stompin¿ At The Savoy,¿ the album is a showcase for Daniels¿ clarinet (his 1966 debut LP for Prestige, First Prize!, was as a tenor saxophonist). An undisputed highlight here is a masterful arrangement of Hoagy Carmichael¿s ¿Stardust,¿ done by pianist Peter Reiter, which brings magical new colors to the song, while losing none of its classic smooch-ability quotient. Punchy brass dots ¿Three In One¿ in an arrangement that is literally a dream come true for the clarinetist: in his six years playing with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Daniels always wanted to perform the Thad Jones tune with clarinet in the lead part. Tunes like Denny Zeitlin¿s ¿Quiet Now,¿ and Gordon Jenkins¿ ¿Goodbye¿ (a Benny Goodman signature piece) allow Daniels to explore the softer, lower registers of his instrument; his smooth, rich tone goes straight to your heart. Tenor saxophonist Wilson de Oliveira¿s setting for ¿Goodbye,¿ one of the most haunting songs of the 20th century, lends an imposing, challenging swagger to its core of lonely pathos. Daniels¿ own ¿Stride Rite¿ is a bluesy swinger that one could easily imagine Fred Astaire having his graceful way with. The disc ends with an exciting live performance of the great Gene Krupa flag-waver, ¿Sing, Sing, Sing.¿ Over densely orchestrated harmonies that have an Ellingtonian air of sophistication, Daniels runs the full range of his instrument, quoting from ¿Softly As In A Morning Sunrise¿ before the band drops away, allowing Wolfgang Haffner to take over the famous drum part. Daniels later engages him in a duet, and the overtones from his clarinet perfume the air like a fine wine, left to breathe before it¿s finally savored. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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