Bop-Ography

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
An equally skilled player on both alto and tenor saxes, Chris Byars leads a tantalizing pianoless quartet, using regular collaborators John Mosca on trombone, bassist Ari Roland, and drummer Stefan Schatz. After an earlier tribute to composer Gigi Gryce, Byars continues with three more of his songs, adding octogenarian vibraphonist Teddy Charles for the enticing slow blues "Straight Ahead" (with its meandering theme, it is anything but), while the leader's father is added on English horn in the ensembles for the breezy take of Gryce's well-known bop vehicle "Minority." Byars' exotic "Indra" features Schatz on kanjira (an Indian tambourine-like instrument, but without the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
An equally skilled player on both alto and tenor saxes, Chris Byars leads a tantalizing pianoless quartet, using regular collaborators John Mosca on trombone, bassist Ari Roland, and drummer Stefan Schatz. After an earlier tribute to composer Gigi Gryce, Byars continues with three more of his songs, adding octogenarian vibraphonist Teddy Charles for the enticing slow blues "Straight Ahead" (with its meandering theme, it is anything but), while the leader's father is added on English horn in the ensembles for the breezy take of Gryce's well-known bop vehicle "Minority." Byars' exotic "Indra" features Schatz on kanjira (an Indian tambourine-like instrument, but without the metal rim) is full of twists and turns in its infectious theme, and his majestic "Himalayan Sunrise" has a Far Eastern air (with the backgrounds provided by both Mosca and Byars, Sr. on English horn) and rich harmonies often found in '50s jazz. This is yet another fine date by Chris Byars.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • Label: Steeplechase
  • UPC: 716043168620
  • Catalog Number: 31686
  • Sales rank: 353,644

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Festival (5:19)
  2. 2 Straight Ahead (5:59)
  3. 3 Lost Love (6:20)
  4. 4 Himalayan Sunrise (4:29)
  5. 5 Nature Boy (6:07)
  6. 6 Minority (6:39)
  7. 7 Indra (6:33)
  8. 8 Bop-Ography (20:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Byars Quartet Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Charles Vibes
John Mosca Trombone
Ari Roland Bass
Stefan Schatz Drums, Kanjira
James Byars English Horn, Oboe
Technical Credits
Gigi Gryce Composer
George Wallington Composer
Chris Byars Composer
Mark Gardner Liner Notes
Nils Winther Producer
Eden Ahbez Composer
Manfred Knoop Engineer
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