The bulk of THE FIVE SEASONS is a jazz interpretation of Antonio Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," with Eddie Daniels performing on clarinet the parts Vivaldi wrote for violin.
Personnel includes: Eddie Daniels (clarinet); Bernard Rubenstein (conductor); Alan Broadbent (piano); Dave Carpenter (bass); Peter Erskine (drums); Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Producers: Eddie Daniels, Jorge Calandrelli.
Recorded at O'Henry Studios, Burbank, California in August 1995. Includes liner notes by Eddie Daniels.
"The Fifth Season" was nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition. Jorge Calandrelli's arrangement of "Summer" was nominated for a 1997 Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement.
Personnel: Eddie Daniels (clarinet); Alan Broadbent (piano); Peter Erskine (drums).
Audio Mixer: Armin Steiner.
Liner Note Author: Eddie Daniels.
Recording information: O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA (08/1995).
Editor: Bob Norberg.
Photographers: Stephanie Foxx; Jackie Sallow.
Arranger: Jorge Calandrelli.
This is an interesting jazz version of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. The great clarinetist Eddie Daniels performs with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (whose personnel and instrumentation is unidentified) plus pianist Alan Broadbent, bassist Dave Carpenter, and drummer Peter Erskine. The arrangements by Jorge Calandrelli put each of the seasons in three movements, alternating between straight classical interpretations and jazz improvising off of the melodies. Calandrelli also contributed a closing "The Fifth Season." Daniels plays brilliantly throughout, but the music comes across as a bit trivial, alternating between two very different idioms and rarely trying to mix them together. Better to get Eddie Daniels' Breakthrough album (which is a better third stream effort) instead. ~ Scott Yanow