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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Night Kisses: A Tribute to Ivan Lins'
Artist - Eddie Daniels

Off the heels of Grammy-nominated album, Heart of Brazil, comes jazz clarinet icon Eddie Daniels' new project, Night Kisses: A Tribute to Ivan Lins (out August 7th, 2020 via Resonance Records).

Paying tribute to the world-renowned Brazilian musician/composer Ivan Lins, it brings Daniels together with legendary jazz pianists Dave Grusin and Bob James, plus top-shelf trio-Josh Nelson, Kevin Axt, Mauricio Zottarelli - and the Grammy-winning Harlem Quartet.

Featuring songs from Lins' classic `70s/'80s albums and new arrangements by Kuno Schmid and Josh Nelson, Night Kisses allows fans old and new to once again immerse themselves in the Latin Grammy-winning Brazilian musicians work.

Eddie Daniels is that rarest of rare musicians who is not only equally at home in both jazz and classical music, but excels at both with breathtaking virtuosity.

Eddie first came to the attention of the jazz audience as a tenor saxophonist with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra. When Thad and Mel first organized their band in 1966 to play Monday nights at the Village Vanguard in New York (where it still plays), Eddie was one of the first musicians they called.

Eddie Daniels is clearly a renaissance musician, a virtuoso in both jazz and classical music, recipient of unreserved accolades from his peers, from critics, and from the public.

Having been an active performer and songwriter of Brazilian popular music and jazz for over thirty years, 75 year-old Ivan Lins has seen his own songs covered by such notables as Patti Austin, David Benoit, George Benson, Michael Bublé, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Horn, Quincy Jones, the Manhattan Transfer, Sérgio Mendes, Jane Monheit, Lee Ritenour, Sarah Vaughan, Diane Schuur, Sting, Barbra Streisand, and oh-so many more.

1. 'A Voz Do Povo' (The Voice of the People)
2. 'Pano de Fundo' (Backdrop)
3. 'Mãos de Afeto' (Hands of Affection)
4. 'D’Aquilo Que Eu Sei' (That Which I Know)
5. 'Velas Içadas' (Hoisted Sails)
6. 'Dinorah, Dinorah'
7. 'Cantor Da Noite' (The Night Singer)
8. 'Quadras De Roda: O Passarinho Cantou' (The Little Bird Sang)
9. 'Amor' (Love)
10. 'Lembra' (Remember)
11. 'Depois dos Temporais' (After the Storms)
12. 'A Noite' (The Night)
13. 'Ivante'

Produced by Resonance founder and co-president George Klabin with arrangements by pianists Josh Nelson, Kuno Schmid, Dave Grusin and Bob James, Daniels kicks things off in fine style with the building euphoria, and subsequent liveliness of 'A Voz Do Povo,' and backs that up with the country lane drive, windows down vibe of 'Pano de Fundo,' the dulcet, and measured hue of 'Mãos De Afeto' (featuring Dave Grusin), and the sonically free-wheelin' majesty of 'D'Aquilo Que Eu Sei.'

Next up is the cinematically-imbued 'Velas Içadas' which is followed by the perky ambitions of 'Dinorah Dinorah,' the mid-tempo decadence of 'Cantor Da Noite,' some rather playful notes found within 'Quadras De Roda,' and then the laid back, soulful late night jazz club ambiance of the ballad 'Amor.'

This quite delightfully orchestrated new album then rounds out with the quiet, piano-led ballad 'Lembra' (featuring Bob James), the sweepingly gorgeous 'Depois Dos Temporais' (featuring Dave Grusin), and then comes to a close on Umansky's cello work on 'A Noite,' and finally an original composition, the wistful 'Ivante' (again with Dave Grusin and also Bob James).

“It’s jazz, it’s beauty and it opens the heart,” is how six-time GRAMMY-nominated horn player Eddie Daniels describes his brand new album, Night Kisses: A Tribute to Ivan Lins.

“I was kind of befuddled because I loved the music, but I didn’t know if I could live up to the kind of heart that Ivan puts into the music that is so soulful," he continues.

"He became so special to me because of his singing, the heart – it’s raw, beautiful and emotional. I kept saying ‘How am I going to live up to this on a clarinet or a saxophone?’"

"The great thing about George [producer and conceptualizer, George Klabinis] that he wanted to do music that was not so popular, that was older music by Ivan Lins, so you could say that most of this music I knew nothing of,” Daniels adds, himself a New Yorker who has lived in Santa Fe for several decades.

Eddie Daniels – Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Sax
Bob James – Piano, Keyboards
Dave Grusin – Piano
Josh Nelson – Piano
Mauricio Zottarelli – Drums
Kevin Axt – Bass
Ilmar Gavilan – 1st Violin
Melissa White – 2nd Violin
Jaime Amador – Viola
Felix Umansky – Cello

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