More Daniels Needed

by Mary Kunz, News Classical Music Critic, The Buffalo News, Buffalo, New York

Dee Daniels' voice brings to mind all the most delirious adjectives: Honeyed. Sweet. Low, rich, smooth and slow as molasses.

In "Everything Ellington," the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Pops concert that played Friday in Kleinhans Music Hall, Daniels ended with "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good." It was one of the saddest things I've ever heard. By the time she finished the lament, she sounded as if she were sobbing into the microphone.

To round things out, she also belted out an "Everyday I Have The Blues" that would have brought a grin to Joe Williams' face. This woman brought the house down. The raucous blues ended with a high note the likes of which I don't think I've ever heard. Daniels held that note until it was thin as ribbon, then fattened it out and pulled it down into the lowlands. That's the blues! After that, it'll be a little tough to go back to the band at the corner bar.