When one hears this early Eddie Daniels
set, it is surprising to realize that he would remain in relative obscurity for almost another 20 years. As shown on the three of the eight selections on which he plays clarinet, Daniels
even at this early stage ranked near the top, while his tenor playing on the remaining numbers was already personal and virtuosic. With the assistance of the Thad Jones
rhythm section of the time (pianist Roland Hanna
, bassist Richard Davis
and drummer Mel Lewis
is in top form on three standards, four originals and the pop tune "Spanish Flea."