5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Perhaps the names Roger Kellaway and Eddie Daniels don't instantly ring bells with the listeners, but for those who have lingered with jazz over the past decades, the contributions of these two giants of jazz are many. It seems only fitting that this live recording by Eddie Daniels, clarinet, and Roger Kellaway, piano should have been captured during their performance on February 25, 2011 at the Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress. These men are great jazz musicians whose credentials place them in the Who's Who of American music.
The two men perform nine works here - each unique in demonstrating their particular spectra of talent. From Gershwin ('Strike up the Band'), to Bernstein ('Somewhere' - one of the finest tracks on this recording), to Sondheim ('Pretty Women') blended with Daniels' own 'Etude of a Woman', to Thelonius Monk ('Rhythm-s-ning') to Klenner and Lewis ('Just Friends' - apropos of this concert!), to "America the Beautiful' and Kellaway's own 'Capriccio Twilight', 'A Place that you Want to Call Home', and '50 State Rambler' - this is a lineup of variations for piano and clarinet that stun the listener with not only the duo's technical finesse but with their inherent musicality. A Winner all around. Grady Harp, January 12
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2012
A few years ago I read a rave review in Jazz Magazine for an Eddie Daniels and Roger Kellaway CD titled Live at the Bakery. I ordered it and it quickly become one of my favorites. The high level of musicanship, interplay and humor displayed was truly a wonder. When I learned of a second CD by these two masters, I immediately ordered it. I was very disappointed. I can't give a track by track review as I no longer have the CD. Sold it on Ebay not long after receiving it. The spontaneous feeling between these two great musicians was definitely lacking on this date. Kellaway seemed much more subdued than on their previous CD, seemed like he was not really "in to it". Eddie Daniels is a fabulous clarinet player. However, on this date, he spends much time in the very upper register of the clarinet. It actually got painful to listen to after a while. If you do not own "A Duet of One', I highly recommend it. I can't say the same about "Live at the Library of Congress".