Daniel Smith on Bassoon (PHOTO: Fernando Natalici)
The A-Room at Stadiumred studios in New York City was host toDaniel Smith and his musicians as he began recording his newest project, Smokin’ Hot Bassoon Blues. ”Its a miracle I found Stadiumed” says Smith as connects with legendary engineer, Tom Lazarus. The album is Smith’s 20th to date. The project is a passion of Smith’s as he’s dedicated the upcoming album (February, 2014 on Summit Records) to his late wife, Judith, who lost her battle with lung cancer in April 2013.
With arrangements by Dutch pianist, Robert Bosscher, the project includes works by Horace Silver (Senor Blues), Duke Ellington (C Jam BLues), Ray Charles (Hallelujah I Love Her So, What’d I Say), Charles Mingus (Better Get Hit In Your Soul), Nat Adderley (Hummin’), Jimmy Forrest (Night Train), Sonny Rollins (Blue Seven), Bobby Timmons (Moanin’), Jimmy Smith (Back At The Chicken Shack), Phil Woods (Eddie’s Blues) & Joe Henderson (Mamacita).
Daniel Smith & his Smokin Hot Bassoon
Daniel is the only bassoonist performing & recording in the jazz and classical genres. Daniel Smith’s historic 5 CD box set of the complete 37 Vivaldi bassoon concertos, recorded with the English Chamber Orchestra and The Zagreb Soloists, was chosen as ‘Best Concerto Recording’ of the Year’ by the Music Industry Association. His critically acclaimed jazz albums, ‘Bebop Bassoon’ and ‘The Swingin’ Bassoon’ (Zah Zah) were followed by ‘Blue Bassoon’ and ‘Bassoon Goes Latin Jazz!’ (Summit). Other recordings of Daniel Smith can be found on Vox, MHS, KemDisc, Pearl, Spectrum, Cambria, Regis, Crystal and Forum.
Winner of the annual Jazz Station Poll as ‘Player of the Year’, Daniel Smith has also been voted ‘Rising Star’ by the Downbeat critic’s poll and nominated twice by the Jazz Journalists Association as finalist for their ‘Player of the Year’ award. In Great Britain, Smith was designated as ‘Ambassador for the Bassoon, along with the City of Luton presenting the ‘Daniel Smith Season’; showcasing his talents in concerto performances, in recital with piano, and in a jazz concert with his quartet.
Funding for Smokin’ Hot Bassoon Blues comes from donations via Kicktarter. Backers who pledge $20 or more get the Smokin Hot Bassoon Blues CD as well as one bonus CD – see link for details on double (2 CDs) and triple (3 CDs) rewards for bigger pledges:
Daniel Smith with Robert Bosscher, Michael O’Brien, Vince Ector (PHOTO: Fernando Natalici)
You can listen to a snip of Hummin’ on the Stadiumred Soundcloud:Hummin Snip by Stadiumred
“…A first rate bassoonist who particularly relishes the lyric possibilities of his instrument.” -NY Times