Just Friends - Live at the Village Vanguard (Remastered) Eddie Daniels & Roger Kellaway
- 1Some O' This and Some O' That09:28
- 2Reverie for a Rainy Day05:35
- 3Wolfie's Samba09:09
- 4Just Friends17:33
- 5The Spice Man16:28
Info for Just Friends - Live at the Village Vanguard (Remastered)
Recorded live at the historic Village Vanguard in November, 1988, this spirited never-before-heard recording by clarinetist Eddie Daniels and pianist Roger Kellaway is a vital addition to the Daniel/Kellaway discography. It’s ‘not only a fascinating musical snapshot of Daniels' early years playing with Kellaway, it introduces the larger jazz world to rare compositions written by the two’ (John Murph). Audiophile Audition online magazine states: “This recording is a pleasure to audition. It has four masters of their craft sharing their prowess. Eddie is often center stage, but this dream rhythm section more than holds their own… This recording features only five tracks and covers nearly an hour, so each member is featured, and they can really stretch out. ..Jazz clarinet fans, as well as those appreciating a first rate dream rhythm section, will find lots to like in this new issue by 2xHD”
Eddy Daniels is that rare musician who is not only equally at home in both jazz and classical music but excels in both with breathtaking virtuosity. Leonard Feather, the eminent jazz critic says; ‘It is a rare event in jazz where one man can all but reinvent an instrument bringing it to a new state of revolution’
Roger Kellaway – Grammy Award winner and Academy Award nominated Pianist/Composer, has recorded more than two hundred and fifty albums. He’s worked with everyone from Ellington to Elvis, Carmen McCrae to Barbra Streisand, and Quincy Jones to Yo-Yo Ma.
Eddie Daniels, clarinet
Roger Kellaway, piano
Buster Williams, bass
Al Foster, drums
Recorded live at the Village Vanguard on November 26, 1988
first came to the attention of the jazz audience as a tenor saxophonist with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra. When Thad and Mel first organized their band in 1966 to play Monday nights at the Village Vanguard in New York (where it still plays), Eddie was one of the first musicians they called. Later that year, he sank $400 in a round-trip flight to Vienna to enter the International Competition for Modern Jazz, a contest organized by the pianist Fredrich Gulda and sponsored by the city of Vienna, and won first prize on saxophone. He continued working with Thad and Mel over the next several years and toured Europe extensively with them.
A single clarinet solo recorded with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis orchestra, "Live at the Village Vanguard" garnered sufficient attention for him to win Downbeat Magazine's International Critics New Star on Clarinet Award. This conversion to clarinet was not new, for Eddie began clarinet at age 13 and received his Masters in Clarinet from Juilliard. Winning numerous Grammy awards and nominations, Eddie Daniels revolutionized the blend of jazz and classical.
Eddie Daniels is clearly a renaissance musician, a virtuoso in both jazz and classical music, recipient of unreserved accolades from his peers, from critics, and from the public. Eddie's overriding ambition is to reach as many people as possible with his music, to enlarge the audience for both jazz and classical music and at the same time to tear down the walls separating them. In Eddie's hands, the music of Mozart can be as engaging as that of Charlie Parker and a concert featuring both can be a uniquely rewarding experience for the audience.