Jaki Byard Quartet

Live! At Lennie's, Vol. 2

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Byard's second volume of selections from his performances at Lennie's-on-the-Turnpike ranks alongside the first album in the series. Byard is joined once more by Joe Farrell, George Tucker, and Alan Dawson. "Alan's Got Rhythm," a work credited to both Byard and Dawson and obviously based on the chord changes to "I Got Rhythm," is another rare opportunity to appreciate Dawson's chops as a vibraphonist, with Farrell switching to drums. The ballad medley includes trio romps through the standards "Tea for Two" and "Lover" before Farrell adds his burning tenor sax to Byard's soulful "Strolling Along." The quartet revs up the tempo as it segues into "Cherokee" and finishes with an abruptly ended "Shiny Stockings." Farrell's ballad "Cathy" features its composer playing very mellow, as Byard mixes it up as an accompanist, occasionally tossing in some wild changes. "Bass-ment Blues" is jointly credited to Tucker and Byard. Though the focus is primarily on the bassist, Byard can't resist tossing in a brief lick of Mingus' "Fables of Faubus" early on (and otherwise stealing the spotlight a bit), though Farrell's contribution on flute is also enjoyable. Except for the ballad medley, which appears on Jaki Byard's CD The Last from Lennie's, the remaining tracks appear on the Prestige compilation Live!

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