Eddie Daniels: Falling In Love With Love

Eddie Daniels's welcome return to New York for the first time in 15 years for this live recording brought back memories of his holding down a tenor chair with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra on Monday nights at the Village Vanguard from 1966 to 1973, when he was fresh out of the Juilliard School of Music. Who knew then that such an exciting tenor player would essentially abandon the instrument in the early '80s to instead become one of the greatest clarinetists in jazz history.

For the IPO label, Daniels has recently begun to reestablish his credentials on tenor, and "Falling in Love with Love" is a shining example of his impressive capabilities on that horn. Daniels is in high gear from phrase one, with sizzling hard-bop lines and an urgent propulsion that keeps his solo flowing from one long, inventive passage into the next. His command is evident throughout, and his personalized inflections and swirling circular phrasings lend added zest to his creation. Locke's nimble solo is also inspired, as one hears him humming intensely along with his lengthy, undulating single-note lines. The underappreciated Rainier follows in contrastingly serene fashion initially, but soon ups the pace with some Oscar Peterson- influenced flourishes and deftly executed two-handed unison runs, with La Barbera booting him along insistently. Tenor, vibes and drums then trade off one another before Daniels's prancing theme restatement and a slickly worked out ending.

June 13, 2008 · 0 comments


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