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Daniel Smith: Bassoon Goes Latin Jazz

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Give Daniel Smith points for persistence. He doesn’t give up easily. His mission to convince us that the bassoon is a bona fide instrument of jazz has gone on for four albums now. There was The Swingin’ Bassoon, Bebop Bassoon, Blue Bassoon and now, inevitably, Bassoon Goes Latin Jazz!. Of course it does.

To be fair, this is not Smith’s only line of work. His work in classical music is far greater; he has, for instance, recorded the complete Vivaldi bassoon concertos. Still, he loves to play jazz on his horn. Why else would he keep coming back to jazz when he clearly doesn’t have to?

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