Don Byas / Don Byas Quartet

Anthropology

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Don Byas was one of the great tenor saxophonists in jazz history but, due to his decision to move permanently to Europe in 1946, he remains very underrated in the jazz history books. This superlative set (in which he is backed by pianist Bent Axen, bassist Niels Pedersen and drummer William Schiopffe) finds Byas stretching out in a club on five jazz standards; listen to him tear into "Anthropology" and "Billies's Bounce." It is hard to believe, listening to this heated music, that Byas (who would live until 1972) only would be recorded twice more as a leader.

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