Personnel: Eddie Daniels (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Roger Kellaway (piano); James Holland (cello).
Liner Note Authors: Eddie Daniels; Roger Kellaway.
Recording information: Lensic Theater, Santa Fe, NM (10/12/2012-10/14/2012).
Photographer: Stephen Hassay.
Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe features clarinetist Eddie Daniels and pianist Roger Kellaway in concert performing a variety of songs by the great Duke Ellington. Also joining in on several songs is cellist James Holland. Recorded as a benefit concert for the New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding, the album is a swinging and highly entertaining set that showcases the sensitive group interplay between Daniels and Kellaway. While most of the songs here are standards, the approach is anything but, and tracks like "In a Sentimental Mood" and "Sophisticated Lady" have a languid, poetic, and harmonically sophisticated quality that speaks to the high level of craft on display here. Anyone who loves these musicians will want to seek out this superb album. ~ Matt Collar