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Eddie Daniels and Roger Kellaway LIVE at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola June 10th, 11th & 12th!

June 10, 2014

dkThis is a wonderfully sympathetic duo. Pianist Roger Kellaway has an identity which brings together Ellis Larkins, Bill Evans and deep knowledge of jazz piano, whilst Eddie Daniels may be the most formidably correct clarinetist in jazz today, without ever letting technique get in the way of expression.

Add to this duo’s many attributes the fact that they play without a safety net and you have something special—so much so that Kellaway and Daniels even make something out of the old George Gershwinwarhorse “Strike up the Band,” which combines impressionistic qualities with sly, insidious wit. Of the two, it’s Kellaway to whom this quality comes most readily, although the duo’s level of mutual knowledge ensures that when Daniels drops into proceedings, the pianist makes a point of completing the clarinetist’s phrase.

Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Somewhere’ is a song that’s easy to get wrong, but these guys don’t. Their reading combines faintly rhapsodic qualities with uncommon poignancy. It’s also one of those occasions when Kellaway proves himself an undervalued solo pianist, before Daniels comes back in to take it home with his exquisite tone. See them LIVE tonight, tomorrow and Thursday at Dizzy’s!

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