Blue Bassoon

September 18, 2009 | Format: MP3

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3:51
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3:19
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3:46
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3:17
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3:35
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4:37
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4:01
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4:10
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3:49
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2:35
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3:23
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4:46
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2:40

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 12, 2010
  • Label: Summit Records
  • Copyright: 2009 Summit Records, Inc.
  • Total Length: 47:49
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  • ASIN: B002PQXDW4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,710 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Timothy G. Niland on November 13, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
Bassoonist Smith takes a clutch of bebop, post-bop and blues standards and play them in a solid and accomplished nature. The unusual tone of the bassoon (for jazz anyway) makes for an interesting spin on this familiar material, holding listeners attention on what might otherwise run the risk of being a routine run through of well known songs. The buzzing sound of the instrument adds a different ambiance to the music, but to Smith's credit, he is still able to improvise with agility on this demanding material. He is accompanied on this album by Martin Bejerano on piano, Edward Perez on bass, and Ludwig Afonso on drums, with two guest spots by guitarist Larry Campbell. Classic hard bop compositions make up the backbone of the material, the funky nature of this material really seems to appeal to the group. Horace Silver's "The Jody Grind" and Cannonball Adderley's "Sack 'o Woe" use aggressive piano comping and locked in bass and drums to create a nice pocket for Smith to fill with a solid meaty solo. Campbell's guitar adds a very nice touch when the band plays the blues, deep down in the alley stuff like B.B. King's "My Baby's Gone" and Robert Johnson's "From Four 'Til Late." Slower material works pretty well too, Wayne Shorter's moody "Footprints" tends to drift a bit, but Charles Mingus' "Nostalgia in Times Square" develops nicely. I think that this album worked well, and will surprise listeners are willing to give it a chance. It takes a little while to adjust to the tone of the bassoon, but applying it to this selection of classic jazz material was successful. Hopefully Smith will get a chance to produce a sequel that focuses on original compositions.
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Format: Audio CD
Bassoonists seem to hate this guy, and they must know what they're talking about in relation to bassoonery -- technique, intonation, etc. On the other hand, the guy does swing, which I can't say for the few other bassoon jazz recordings I've heard. Maybe the bassoon is an instrument that has to be violated for jazz. I don't really have much of an opinion about that, but I'm an avid jazz fan, and I enjoy this album.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bassoonistbytrade on December 17, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Daniel Smith has no more command of the bassoon than your average secondary school student, and gropes ineptly for a suitably jazzy idiom. There are reasons his performances are universally panned by professional bassoonist reviewers, and they are instantly audible to all but the most rank musical neophyte. If you want jazz bassoon, try Paul Hanson (performs with Bela Fleck), Michael Rabinowitz, or Janet Grice. Smith's horrible pitch, dreadful tone, and irregular rhythm are HIS problems, NOT the bassoon's!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Ray on May 3, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Don't be fooled by the word "Blue" - there's nothing "Blue" about this album... too bad.
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