Perhaps the names Roger Kellaway and Eddie Daniels don't instantly ring bells with the listeners, but for those who have lingered with jazz over the past decades, the contributions of these two giants of jazz are many. It seems only fitting that this live recording by Eddie Daniels, clarinet, and Roger Kellaway, piano should have been captured during their performance on February 25, 2011 at the Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress. These men are great jazz musicians whose credentials place them in the Who's Who of American music.
The two men perform nine works here - each unique in demonstrating their particular spectra of talent. From Gershwin ('Strike up the Band'), to Bernstein ('Somewhere' - one of the finest tracks on this recording), to Sondheim ('Pretty Women') blended with Daniels' own 'Etude of a Woman', to Thelonius Monk ('Rhythm-s-ning') to Klenner and Lewis ('Just Friends' - apropos of this concert!), to "America the Beautiful' and Kellaway's own 'Capriccio Twilight', 'A Place that you Want to Call Home', and '50 State Rambler' - this is a lineup of variations for piano and clarinet that stun the listener with not only the duo's technical finesse but with their inherent musicality. A Winner all around. Grady Harp, January 12