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Mean What You Say by Eddie Daniels Quartet

While I have no idea who is behind IPO Recordings, they seem to be able to do no wrong. Their small catalog of artists, like Roger Kellaway, Carrie Smith, the late Sir Roland Hanna and members of the Thad Jones tribute group, have garnered nothing but 4 and 5 star ratings from Downbeat and others. Here’s their newest CD.

Reedman Eddie Daniels has been out of the spotlight for almost fifteen years. Daniels made his recording debut in 1966 with Bill Evans. There are dozens of fine sessions with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis big band and a few with Thad’s smaller groups. The clarinetist also recorded with Sir Roland Hanna, Freddie Hubbard, Earl Klugh and vocalists Morgana King, Dakota Staton and Sylvia Syms. Over the years, records were made with his own groups on labels such as Choice, Ebb, Prestige, Marlin and Muse. Much of the reed player’s output is now out of print and rests in the hands of collectors.

Happily, Daniels is back and his skills are undiminished. Stellar jazz greats Hank Jones, Richard Davis and Kenny Washington join him with a delightful selection of jazz standards. Both Jones and Davis had worked with Daniels almost 40 years ago within the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis band.

The album has its share of outstanding tracks. Daniels' fine clarinet passages are heard on "Azure," "The Touch Of Your Lips" and the old Tommy Dorsey theme, "I’m Getting Sentimental Over You." The latter finds Daniels in a most inventive mood with ample assistance from Hank Jones, Richard Davis and Kenny Washington.

Fans of Eddie Daniels' tenor talents will enjoy "How Deep Is The Ocean," "Mean What You Say," "My One And Only Love" and the swinging "You And The Night And The Music." This disc might become one of your "desert island" favorites. It’s very easy to like. You can’t play it just once!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Eddie Daniels Quartet
  • CD Title: Mean What You Say
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: IPO Recordings
  • Tracks: Mean What You Say, It Had To Be You, Passion Flower, Nagasaki, My One And Only Love, Why You, Azure, The Touch Of Your Lips, You And The Night And The Music, I’m Getting Sentimental Over You, My Little Suede Shoes, How Deep Is The Ocean.
  • Musicians: Eddie Daniels (clarinet, tenor sax), Hank Jones (piano), Richard Davis (bass), Kenny Washington (drums).
  • Rating: Five Stars
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