by Don Byron


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After a series of albums that addressed and signified upon spoken word, hip-hop, the Afro-Caribbean lexicon, lieder, and his own programmatic originals, clarinetist Don Byron presents Ivey-Divey, his first full-out blowing record. Byron draws both repertoire and instrumental configuration from a mellow 1945 trio recording by Lester Young with Nat Cole on piano and Buddy Rich on drums, slotting into those chairs not-yet-30 pianist Jason Moran and veteran drum titan Jack DeJohnette. They open the program with equilateral triangle improvs on four songbook chestnuts from the Ur-session and conclude it with panoramic deconstructions of "Freddie Freeloader" (1959) and "In a Silent Way" (1969) by Miles Davis. In between are explorations of four Byron creations and a down-home blues from a 1941 date led by pianist Sammy Price on which Young uncorked an effervescent solo. As always, Byron layers erudite references onto the narrative arc, but here he tells his stories with a raw, spontaneous attitude that precludes any overtone of ambivalence or ironic distance, staking his claim as a deft, inspired heir to the tradition.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/2004
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724357821520
catalogNumber: 78215
Rank: 96292

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Byron   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Lonnie Plaxico   Bass,Double Bass
Ralph Alessi   Trumpet
Jason Moran   Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Don Byron   Composer,Producer
Miles Davis   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Sammy Price   Composer
Joe Zawinul   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Tom Lazarus   Engineer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Jack Palmer   Composer
Hans Wendl   Producer,Audio Production
Spencer Williams   Composer
Burton Yount   Art Direction
Juliette Borda   Illustrations

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