Jan 3, 2012
It takes real courage to record a jazz duo album. There’s no place to hide when it’s just you and your partner responsible for carrying the rhythm, the melody, and the timing. 2012 begins with a release from clarinetist Eddie Daniels and pianist Roger Kellaway, Live at the Library of Congress (IPO Records) that shows what the good things that can happen when individual virtuosos work together as a team,
Given their instruments, it’s not a surprise that some tracks, particularly Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band” have a classical flavor, even when Kellaway throws a little boogie-woogie into his lines. On a jazzier note, their version of Thelonious Monk’s “Rhythm-A-Ning” alternately swings and swoops as Daniels’ clarinet takes off on flights of fancy.
A Daniels original, “50 State Rambler” finishes things off on a high note, Daniels’ flurries of notes working well with Kellaway’s accompaniment. This is a delightful disc, and it makes one hope other of your musicians will pair up for some evenings as memorable as this one.