“DANIEL SMITH/Jazz Suite for Bassoon: If the opening notes of Smith’s interpretation of Vivaldi don’t completely charm you, either go get your ears cleaned out or stop reading reviews of music meant for real grown ups. The cat that single handedly invented the jazz bassoon genre fearlessly takes his chops to the next level of the game by tackling classics and Scott Joplin and playing it in ways you’ve never heard before. Well known in tight circles, this is classy classical music that certainly needs to be unleashed on the world at large. A killer soloist, it shouldn’t be that only novelists can bloom in obscurity as the world really needs more of this. Killer stuff throughout.”
-CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher MIDWEST RECORD
This recording represents something special for Daniel Smith: special, and very different. Three musical journeys featuring handpicked musicians capture the essence of an incredibly diverse career in classical, crossover, and jazz — a snapshot of what the elusive bassoon is capable of, without being limited by genre!
Daniel Smith: bassoon/Steve Gray, Bruce Boardman, Jonathan Still: piano/Mitch Dalton: guitar/Jim Lawless: vibraphone/Roy Babbington, Terry Davis: bass/Mike Smith, Martin Drew: drums/Caravaggio Ensemble/Paul Manley: violin/Boguslaw Kosieki: violin/Kate Musker: viola/Justin Pearson: cello/Michael Brittain: double bass
Allegro from Concerto in Bb (Vivaldi) • Pavan: The Earl of Salisbury (Byrd) • Air on a Ground Bass (Purcell) • Largo (Vivaldi) • Badinerie (J.S. Bach) • Scott Joplin Rags: The Chrysanthemum • The Easy Winners • Original Rags • Jazz Suite for Bassoon (Steve Gray): Allegro • Ballade • Finale