Swingin' Bassoon

The Swingin' Bassoon

by Daniel Smith
     
 
The bassoon is primarily relegated to providing background colors within a symphony orchestra, but much like the late Eric Dolphy turned the bass clarinet into a lead instrument in a small group jazz setting, Daniel Smith intends to establish his ungainly woodwind as a jazz instrument. Smith's second CD as a leader for the English label

Overview

The bassoon is primarily relegated to providing background colors within a symphony orchestra, but much like the late Eric Dolphy turned the bass clarinet into a lead instrument in a small group jazz setting, Daniel Smith intends to establish his ungainly woodwind as a jazz instrument. Smith's second CD as a leader for the English label Zah Zah features pianist Martin Bejerano, bassist John Sullivan, and drummer Ludwig Afonso, who make up a potent rhythm section. Smith's program is an ambitious one, digging into standards, swing, bop, hard bop and more. The ballads and slower standards work best, allowing Smith to insert more space between notes. But the pieces with faster tempi like "Scrapple from the Apple" work against him, simply because it is hard to for him to articulate when switching from one note to another when they are close together, unlike the bass clarinet, which can better project sound without blurring the distinctiveness of each note. In any case, Smith proves his point that the bassoon has more potential than simply being relegated to providing background color, even if his project isn't a complete success.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
Label:
Zah Zah
UPC:
0795754982428
catalogNumber:
9824
Rank:
205960

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Daniel Smith   Primary Artist,Bassoon
John Carver Sullivan   Bass
Martin Bejerano   Piano,Drums
Ludwig Afonso   Piano,Drums
John Sullivan   Bass
John Sullivan   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Hank Mobley   Composer
Sonny Rollins   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Sammy Nestico   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Robert Smith   Audio Production
Marcos Valle   Composer
George Bassman   Composer
Michael Brorby   Engineer
Robert Carpenter Turner   Cover Photo
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Andy Leonard   Creative Consultant
Robert "Big Bert" Smith   Producer
Daniel Smith   Producer,Liner Notes

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