Down Beat (p.62) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Daniels plays with an understated adventurism and a fluid yet expressive articulation..."
JazzTimes (p.90) - "His clarinet tone and lines bespeak his classical training....His tenor, no less virtuosic, is robust and hard-charging with a pronounced attack."
Personnel: Eddie Daniels (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Eddie Daniels; Richard Davis (double bass); Hank Jones (piano); Kenny Washington (drums).
Liner Note Author: Ira Gitler.
Recording information: Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY (05/2005).
Photographer: Nick Ruechel.
Best known as one of jazz's greatest clarinetists of the post-1980 years, Eddie Daniels is also a very talented if underrated tenor saxophonist. On this quartet date, he leads an all-star quartet that includes the acclaimed veteran Hank Jones on piano. With the exception of his own "Why You..." and Thad Jones' relatively lesser-known "Mean What You Say," the set is comprised of standards. Daniels, who is equally fluent on both of his instruments, is heard throughout in excellent form, inspired by the swinging rhythm section and coming up with consistently creative ideas. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow
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