Of particular concern to jazz clarinet history was a question regarding Eddie's work for GRP:
Eddie, your body of work on GRP was really varied, and each album seemed to head in a different fresh direction.
ED: Yeah, and it was great having Dave [Grusin] and Larry [Rosen] let me do a lot of different things. I did about seven or eight albums for GRP. Of course, you can't get any of them, and I can't get the rights to any of them. It would be nice to just reissue them.
Eddie Daniels's seven jazz clarinet albums for GRP were a watershed in the history of the instrument, breaking ground in everything from jazz/classical fusion and bebop, to chamber jazz and jazz/pop fusion. Copies of these albums are getting more difficult to find. For those interested in getting any of them, below are the titles, linked to Amazon:
To Bird, with Love
Memos from Paradise
This is Now
Benny Rides Again
It's both saddening and difficult to believe that an album as musically satisfying and technically jaw-dropping as Breakthrough is out of print, or that players today can't get easy access to a brilliant and unique piece like Memos from Paradise. For anyone who has heard it, This Is Now remains one of the definitive bop albums from a clarinetist, while albums such as Blackwood and Nepenthe demonstrate the viability of the clarinet in the arena of smooth jazz and pop-fusion.
As with so many masterpieces of jazz clarinet history, the greatest obstacle to recognition is availability of recordings to the public. Reissues are desperately needed.
Special note to Josef Woodard: you get The Jazz Clarinet's Five Good Reeds just for bringing up this subject!