Eddie Daniels Quartet: Mean what you say
2005 IPO Recordings
Eddie Daniels on Clarinet and Tenor Sax
Hank Jones on Piano
Richard Davis on Bass
Kenny Washington on Drums
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
June 6, 2006
This is a hopping new CD, with Eddie Daniels on clarinet and tenor sax, in one original composition and several standards, with a unique, swinging twist. This quartet has come together to bring the listener some vibrant, percussive, and quite contemporary sound, thanks to Daniels quartet: Hank Jones on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums.
#1 Mean What You Say T. Jones. Hank Jones, on an upbeat, skipping piano, leads a melodic, vibrant title track. Eddie Daniels is a smooth and seasoned performer, and Kenny Washington, along with Richard Davis, keep the rhythm rambunctious.
#2 It Had To Be You Kahn/T. Jones. Switching to clarinet, Daniels keeps this renowned standard melodic, but fresh, as he climbs octaves in a flash. Jones, on piano, adds a long solo riff, but the theme is played entirely on scintillating clarinet.
#5My One and Only Love Mellin/Wood. With a soaring sax, Daniels takes this standard to contemporary style, in between a meandering solo by Jones. Washington, on brushes and soft percussion, keeps the rhythm swinging.
#9 You and the Night and the Music Dietz/Schwartz. In a racing swinging entrance, the band makes its intentions clear - Daniels, on sax, will lead and improvise this well known ballad in fierce, fiery fashion. This track, alone, is worth getting the IPO recording, as your feet will not sit still.
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