Don Byas

Don Byas [GNP]

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Tenor saxophonist Don Byas left the United States in the 1940s and spent most of his recording career as a leader in Europe; as a result, he isn't as well-known as he probably should be. This GNP reissue inconveniently omits the names of the supporting musicians and the recording dates, though it is likely from the 1950s since it is credited as originally appearing on Vogue. Byas' huge tone, much like Coleman Hawkins' sound, dominates this effortlessly swinging session, with strong versions of standards like "Sweet Lorraine," "April in Paris," and "I Can't Give You Anything but Love," while his anonymous rhythm sections provide him with good support and occasionally a few good piano solos as well. This hard to find LP is worth acquiring.

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