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Eddie Daniels – Night Kisses: A Tribute to Ivan Lins

Six-time GRAMMY nominated jazz clarinetist-saxophonist-flutist Eddie Daniels is in love all over again and he describes his new album, “Night Kisses: A Tribute to Ivan Lins,” as “A concert of love.” The romantic collection of acoustic jazz, pop and Brazilian music that dropped Friday on Resonance Records and has critics proclaiming their affection for the album derived inspiration from a couple of unlikely events: oral surgery and a random kiss. The follow-up to Daniels’ 2018 GRAMMY-nominated Heart of Brazil: A Tribute to Egberto Gismonti” and the second chapter in a trilogy conceived by the albums’ producer George Klabin saluting seminal Brazilian composers reignited Daniels love affair with the flute, an instrument he had not recorded with in 30 years. And that happened as a result of ill-timed – or divine-timed – dental work. A dentist put in a bone graft a month before Daniels was to head to Los Angeles to record the album, ordering Daniels not to play the clarinet or saxophone for fear that it would blow out the bone graft. Daniels picked up the flute and played it exclusively in advance of the recording date, rekindling his ardor for the instrument. Much to the surprise and delight of listeners, he is featured playing flute on four tracks on “Night Kisses.”

“I fell in love with the flute again. Going in, I was afraid that I wasn’t going to be able to do justice to the romance and beauty that Ivan Lins brings to his music. The flute added that magic, taking the album somewhere special. It turns out that the album is more romantic than I ever could have imagined. I’m in love with this album,” said Daniels, a self-professed “romantic guy.” A major coup for Daniels is that “Night Kisses” includes the first-ever recording featuring GRAMMY and Emmy winner Bob James and GRAMMY and Academy Awards winner Dave Grusin. Daniels has a long history with both artists having played on many of their records dating back to the 1970s. While “Night Kisses” celebrates songs written by Lins, the three jazz illuminati team up on the album closer “Ivante,” a new composition penned by James in honor of his longtime friend, Lins.

When Lins heard “Night Kisses,” he said that he cried. “The album is fantastic. Totally surprising. Not only the repertoire, because there are songs that nobody recorded besides me, but the textures, the timbres, the ideas of the arrangements, the instruments used. It’s incredible.” Joining Daniels on “Night Kisses” are pianist Josh Nelson (who also contributed three arrangements), bassist Kevin Axt and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli. Kuno Schmid makes an appearance on piano and authored a handful of arrangements. The tracks are lavishly draped with string section work by GRAMMY winners The Harlem Quartet. While the album title refers to the romance, sweetness, tenderness and love inherent in Lins’ music, which James describes as “romantic and adventurous,” Daniels fondly recalls another story that is romantic and adventurous as well as audacious. While standing in the wings waiting to go on stage 38 years ago, singer Deborah Rothrock turned her head just as Daniels was overcome with the spontaneous desire to kiss her. Their lips met and the couple has been together ever since.

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