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Eddie Daniels Heart of Brazil: A Tribute to Egberto Gismonti
Off the heels of 2017’s acclaimed archival release Just Friends – Live at the Village Vanguard from 1988, jazz clarinet icon Eddie Daniels has a new project paying tribute to the world-renowned Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist, Egberto Gismonti. Heart of Brazil features Daniels with the top-shelf trio of pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Kevin Axt and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli, plus the Grammy Award-winning Harlem Quartet. With new arrangements by Ted Nash, Kuno Schmid and Josh Nelson, Heart of Brazil collects songs from Gismonti’s classic early 1970s albums on Odeon/EMI Records, such as his self-titled 1973 album, Água & Vinho (1972), Corações Futuristas (1976), Carmo (1977) and others. The album was produced by Resonance president George Klabin, who has long felt Gismonti’s work has been under-appreciated and deserving of wider recognition. Gismonti says in his interview with acclaimed author James Gavin, “When I heard the record I felt immense joy…The repertoire spans a rich period of my composing. What a great present for my seventy years of life.”
Eddie Daniels — clarinet, tenor saxophone
Josh Nelson — piano
Kevin Axt — bass
Mauricio Zottarelli — drums
with the Harlem Quartet:
Ilmar Gavilan — violin
Melissa White — violin
Jamey Amador — viola
Felix Umansky — cello
Arrangements by Ted Nash, Kuno Schmid, Josh Nelson