Jaki Byard

Parisian Solos

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This solo date in a Paris studio finds Jaki Byard in his usual jaunty mood at the piano, whether reviving a forgotten jazz tune like "Bugle Call Rag" (before it became a bluegrass standard), increasing the intensity of an often dull ballad "Besame Mucho," or revising "Willow Weep for Me" with the choppy approach that helped to make his sound so distinctive. Of his several originals, both the rollicking opener "A Tribute to Jimmy Slide" and "Going Home Blues," with its blistering runs, merit high praise. Available only as an imported LP, this may be one of the tougher Jaki Byard albums for collectors to acquire.

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