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Daniel Smith's new album is receiving extremely strong reviews. Click here to read these and enjoy several sample tracks.
Daniel Smith is now a DEUTSCH GRAMOPHON - DECCA artist! His historic recordings of the complete 37 Vivaldi bassoon concertos was recently re-released on Decca in a 5 CD box set on their prestigious COLLECTORS EDITION series......and already a 'best seller'.
World premieres of two new concertos written for him will take place in England, USA, Canada, Brazil and other countries over the next year. 'BLAZING BASSOON CONCERTO- for bassoon, jazz trio and orchestra' of Simon Proctor (Oct. 30, 2015, Birmingham, England) and 'BRAZILIAN JAZZ CONCERTO FOR BASSOON AND ORCHESTRA' (2016 - Rio di Janeiro, Sao Paolo and Brasilia, dates and orchestras TBA. Other countries TBA.
With his jazz quartet 'Bassoon and Beyond' at the BLUE NOTE in Poland (Oct. 2015), the IRIDIUM NYC (Spring 2015), others TBA shortly.
Three new jazz albums will be released over the coming year. 'JAZZ SUITE FOR BASSOON' is set for a June release on the Summit label; 'BIG BAND BASSOON' - A Tribute to the great Swing Bands' will be recorded in NYC in September with an all star ensemble, and in 2016, 'BIRD ON BASSOON- The Music of Charlie Parker and his Contemporaries' will be recorded also in NYC.
The response to his last jazz album 'SMOKIN' HOT BLUES BASSOON' was outstanding. We will shortly post some of the reviews which have come in for this release.
CADENCE magazine did a long interview article on his life and career in their recent January edition. You can find this on the Internet and from the Biography page on this site.
Click here to review the article
The management of StadiumRed Studios were impressed! Click here to read their very flattering article.
Daniel Smith is listed in the International 'Who's Who'.
Cadence magazine will be showcasing Daniel Smith's career in music in an interview along with a review of 'Smokin' Hot Bassoon Blues'.
Hawaii Public Radio will feature
music from 'Smokin' Hot Bassoon Blues' along with commentary
from Daniel Smith on their 'Evening Jazz' show.
'Blitzing through passages akin to Charlie Parker on sax'
— Oscar Groomes, O's Place Jazz Magazine
'A pioneer in jazz taking the bassoon where no artist has dared to go.'
— Andrea Canter, Jazz Police
'A must for any jazz lover who can appreciate something out of the ordinary.'
— Chris Spector, Editor, Midwest Record
'I defy anyone to listen to this new album and not get caught up in the positive energy it exudes so abundantly.'
— Stephen W. Smoliar, Examiner
'An amazing album.. Words cannot describe what he does..you simply have to hear it!'
— Leonid Auskern, Jazzquad (Russia)
'A showcase of exquisite blues played with verve and fire'
— Robert Ratajczak, Musik & Medien (Poland)
'The celebrated bassoonist proves just as at home fronting a jazz lineup as a chamber orchestra.'
— Duane Verh, Roots Music Report
'Daniel Smith adds his deft touch on his latest project.'
— Oscar Brooks, LA Examiner
'Acknowledged as one of greatest players of his instrument in his time...and he really is!'
— Mark S. Tucker, Acoustic Music
'Genius bassoon player. Reminds me of tenor sax players.'
— Drew Engman, All About Jazz
'Smokin' Hot Bassoon Blues' is more than hot, it's scorching!'
— Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services
'May he be a big influence on the next generation of bassoon players!'
— delarue, New York Music Daily
Airplay in Europe
|Neil Clarke||Latin Percussion|
|Greg 'Organ Monk' Lewis||Jazz Organ|
|Frank Senior||Blues Vocalist|
(click to listen)
|Night Train||Jimmy Forrest|
|Better Get Hit In Your Soul||Charles Mingus|
|Back at the Chicken Shack||Jimmy Smith|
|What'd I Say||Ray Charles|
|Blue Seven||Sonny Rollins|
|Senor Blues||Horace Silver|
|Hallelujah I Love Her So||Ray Charles|
|C Jam Blues||Duke Ellington|
|Eddie's Blues||Phil Woods|
As part of Daniel Smith's expanding career and in anticipation of the 2014 release of ' Smokin' Hot Bassoon Blues' and 'Brazilian Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra', here is our new half page ad to appear in the BRITISH MUSIC YEARBOOK 2014.
This is a photography exhibition at a NY gallery showcasing the work of two legendary photographers — Paul Caponigro and Martin H. Bernstein. Daniel Smith's version of Horace Silver's 'Peace' is heard throughout the video, creating a wonderful mixture of beautiful music and great photography.
Click here to see the video.
Daniel Smith's Bassoon and Beyond jazz quartet performed at the 'Cancer Survivor's Day'.
- Daniel Smith on bassoon
- Ron Jackson on guitar
- Norbert Marius on bass
- Hiroyuki Matsuura on drums
Daniel Smith's Bassoon and Beyond performance at the Kitano (April 24, 2013) was captured on two videos.
The evening was a joyous occasion celebrating the life of Daniel's wife Judith with outstanding performances from his quartet and special guests Ron Jackson on guitar and Neil Clarke on percussion. Included in the videos are commentary about Daniel's pioneering role in jazz.
The Kitano, on Park Avenue in Manhattan, is rated as one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world. Now located within the Kitano Hotel, the setting for hearing great jazz is simply stunning.
Click here to see the videos.
Performance at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Feb. 19, 2013
“Renowned bassoon virtuoso Daniel Smith, with his acclaimed jazz quartet
'Bassoon and Beyond', filled our concert hall with memorable jazz riches.
His performance showcased to Jefferson students and faculty the way a
bassoon can be invoked to create a new sound in the jazz world.”
— Mark Tykocinski, Dean
Daniel Smith Returns
After a serious illness in his family, Daniel Smith has returned to the performing stage.
Beginning with a highly successful concert in February at the Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia with his 'Bassoon and Beyond' jazz quartet, he next performs at the Kitano in NY on April 24th. The lineup includes Robert Bosscher on piano, Michael O'Brien on bass, Vincent Ector on drums and special guest Ron Jackson on guitar.
This is a one hour live-performance video showcasing jazz concerts in Europe and the USA.
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New article on Daniel Smith's career from Cadence magazine.
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- Universal Music, the world’s largest musical organization, has re-released 10 award winning classical and crossover albums of Daniel Smith on iTunes in more than 55 countries.
- We've prepared an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) that can be downloaded here. It summarizes awards, articles, discography, reviews, etc.
- Cadence magazine is preparing two extended interviews with Daniel Smith on his life and career. These will appear in print and in audio in the October and December editions of this prestigious music publication.
- The Brazilian Jazz Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra, a three movement concerto by famed Brazilian composer Joao MacDowell, will be premiered in the near future. Dedicated to Daniel Smith, the piece will include elements from Brazilian, classical, jazz and pop music along with improvisation. Look for further news of this exciting project and sample downloads on this website.
- Details of Daniel Smith’s next jazz album will be announced on this site.
Daniel Smith bassoon
Winner 33rd Annual Jazz Station Poll
Daniel Smith cited in:
JAZZ JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION
MEMBERS NEWS - FEB, 2012
| . . . recently voted winner of the 33rd Annual Jazz Station Poll in the category of Miscellaneous Instruments in Jazz.
Cadence magazine will be featuring Daniel in an interview on his career as the only bassoon soloist in both jazz and classical music. The interview will appear in audio on the Internet as well as in print.
‘Brazilian Jazz Concerto for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra’, being composed and dedicated to Daniel Smith by Brazilian-American composer Joao MacDowell, is moving forward. Excerpts from this three movement concerto can be heard soon on this website.
Downbeat Magazine selected Daniel Smith in 2010 as
'Rising Star' in their Jazz Critics Poll.
The Jazz Journalists Association nominated Daniel Smith as finalist for a second time in 2010 (also in 2008) for their 'Player of the Year' award in the category of 'Instruments Rare in Jazz'.
|RECENT REVIEWS OF
BASSOON GOES LATIN JAZZ!
'Bassoon Goes Latin Jazz!' hit the Jazz World Music charts immediately upon release and went on to over 15 weeks in or near the top ten". . .After his many classical and crossover albums, including the award winning complete 37 Vivaldi bassoon concertos, solo bassoonist Daniel Smith now has four recent jazz albums to his credit. These innovative and ground breaking albums in the jazz field, 'Bebop Bassoon' (Zah Zah/ 2007), 'The Swingin' Bassoon' (Zah Zah/ 2008) 'Blue Bassoon' (Summit/ 2010) and his most recent 'Bassoon Goes Latin Jazz!' (Summit/ 2010) have met with great critical acclaim in the USA and Europe.
'Bassoon Goes Latin Jazz!' hit the Jazz World Music charts immediately upon release and went on to over 15 weeks in or near the top ten. In 2010, Downbeat magazine chose Daniel Smith as a 'Rising Star' in jazz while the Jazz Journalists Association nominated him as finalist for their 'Player of the Year award' in the category of 'Instruments Rare in Jazz!'
Plans are underway for a further jazz album release in 2013 with his quartet 'Bassoon and Beyond' along with special guest artists, this to be announced shortly.
Alongside work of Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis & Norah Jones, Bassoon Goes Latin Jazz! has been cited on the prestigous:
Ed Love's Highly Recommended CDs for 2011
"The world may not be ready for the bassoon to serve as a lead instrument in Jazz, but Smith makes the case that it can be more than mere novelty."
Editorial Reviews - JazzTimes
Latin Jazz Network . . . . includes Bassoon Goes Latin Jazz! on their playlist.
"For an instrument more associated with Tchaikovsky than jazz, Smith has certainly carved a niche."
Kylie O'Brien - Jazz Society of Oregon
DISFRUTA NUESTRA MÚSICA E INFORMACIÓN SALSA Y LATIN JAZZ
Wilbert Sostre - Jazz Times
Bassoon Goes Latin Jazz! is getting airplay throughout the USA. Here is a random sample:
|Daniel Smith's jazz albums are now heard world-wide on:|
|Voice of America radio is distributed to more than 1,200 affiliate radio stations and cable networks worldwide.|
|The European Broadcasting Union is the largest association of national broadcasters in the world.|
|Euroradio is a member of European Broadcasting Union.|
Daniel Smith was recently featured on
The Jazz Network
Blue Bassoon was reviewed by the prestigious
IL GIORNALE DELLA MUSICA (Italy)
. . . and just in from Victory Music (USA):
If Coltrane had played a bassoon instead of a saxophone this is probably what he would sound like. To be honest, if you aren’t ready for it, the bassoon sounds like a saxophone played through the wall, somewhat like a trained goose. It’s a funky sound to which you quickly adjust. Daniel Smith can be as wild as Coltrane, playing off the melody and playing ‘blue’. By that I mean that there are flatted notes against a wonderful rhythmic background of bass and drums. Other instruments that establish a more classical tone are the piano and guitar. The list of songs is like a who’s who of writers including Charlie Parker, Coltrane, Robert Johnson, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus and so forth. ‘Things Ain’t What They Used to Be’ written by Mercer Ellington, is a favorite. However, there are several choices here that will make it to my ‘must-listen’ list, like ‘Scotch and Water.’ The piano is exceptional on that one and keyboard’s definitive notes are a sharp contrast to the looser scale of Daniel Smith. This is one of the most interesting jazz albums I have heard. The whole thing (bass, drums, piano) establishes a groove and every now and then the bassoon flies through. It somehow works and is fun. Here’s a list of the other musicians: Keyboards by Martin Bejerano; Bass by Edward Perez; Drums by Ludwig Afonso; and guitar by Larry Campbell. Larry plays some nice slide guitar on the ‘My Baby’s Gone,’ (which by the way will also have you wondering about the source of Presley’s ‘Hound Dog’).
— J.W. McClure
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011
Manhattan, New York
|Legendary clarinetist Sol Yaged will showcase, alongside Daniel Smith, the music of Benny Goodman at the New York performances — a great opportunity to hear a living legend in a live performance!|
The musicians performing atTwins Jazz Club.
For their opening set on Saturday night, the band received a standing ovation.
"Daniel Smith's sold out performance at The Kitano Hotel Jazz Room was a memorable event."
Without doubt, Daniel Smith is the world's pre-eminent jazz bassoonist. His playing is swinging, cool and funky. As a complete master of his instrument, he has definitely made his mark in the jazz world.
— Gino Moratti, Artistic Director Kitano Hotel Jazz Room
|Daniel Smith at the Kitano with legendary clarinetist Sol Yaged|
NYC Jazz Record Magazine chose The Kitano as one of the
'Best Jazz Clubs of the Year'
The Kitano is also considered internationally as
'One of the Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the World'
Daniel Smith Bassoon Goes Latin-Jazz (Summit) Street Date: March 8, 2011.
Daniel Smith (Bassoon), Daniel Kelly-Piano, Michael O'Brien-Bass,
Vincent Ector-Drums, Neil Clarke-Latin Percussion.
Special Guests-Roswell Rudd-Trombone, Sandro Albert-Guitar.
FONO FORUM (Germany) September, 2011 — full page interview with Daniel Smith.
JAZZ MEDIA AND MORE (Germany) September, 2011 — article on Daniel Smith plus review.
Airlines which have featured the recordings of Daniel Smith for in-flight listening:
United Arab Emirates