Night Kisses: A Tribute to Ivan Lins
“D’Aquilo Que Eu Sei”
Reed master Eddie Daniels follows his 2018 tribute to Egberto Gismonti with an album dedicated to the music of another compositional genius — Ivan Lins. Having started out as a tenor saxophonist, Daniels is widely celebrated for his clarinet playing; for Night Kisses: A Tribute to Ivan Lins (Resonance), he also adds flute to his arsenal, an instrument he hadn’t played in years. “I feel that the lightness and the spirituality of the flute gave the music another color,” he says in the album’s liner notes. “Even when the music is not so fast, it’s sparkly, it’s exciting.” That’s certainly the case with his version of Lins’ “D’Aquilo Que Eu Sei,” a tune on which Daniels’ breezy flute sails over the brisk strings of the Harlem Quartet and is bolstered by the jazz rhythm section of pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Kevin Axt and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli. The tune, from Lins’ 1981 album of the same name, carries a message of hope and reaffirmation for those who had fought against and triumphed over Brazil’s dictatorship; its title translates to “That Which I Know,” and Kuno Schmidt’s arrangement certainly bears an optimistic tone. In addition to Schmidt and Nelson, Bob James and Dave Grusin also lend their arranging and playing skills to the album, Daniels’ 30th since his 1966 debut.