Count me as a Ted Daniel fan. I just listened to In the Beginning, a date where Daniel is keeping deservedly heavy company (Charles Tyler, Oliver Lake, David Murray and Arthur Blythe, among others). This thread reminded me to rip that one and Interconnection, which I will revisit soon. I also recommend his trio album, The Loft Years, Vol. 1, and Solo at Abbazia San Zeno, Pisa, Italy. With those four being archival releases, it makes me wonder how much material Daniel has socked away.
A sideman date I heartily recommend is Billy Bang's Vietnam: Relections, which also has Henry Threadgill, James Spaulding, John Hicks, Curtis Lundy, Michael Carvin and others, conducted by Butch Morris. Although I haven't heard it in years, a mistake I will soon rectify, it is a haunting album.
I saw Daniel at the Freedom of Sound Festival (a Dolphy tribute) several years ago and then twice in two days with Michael Marcus and Jay Rosen. I posted about the festival at the time, but I want to say he played wirh an ensemble conducted by Grachan Moncur III. On the trio gigs, he played cornet and was set to play at Edgefest, which apparently focused on the cornet that year. At any rate, he had a gorgeous cornet sound and played two memorable shows. Marcus had written some strong material; it'd be a shame if he never recorded that group. I also have to add that Daniel has to be one of the friendliest, warmest musicians I've met (and Marcus was super nice, too).