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The Don Byas Collection 1939-61
The Don Byas Collection 1939-61

Don Byas
Styles: Jazz
Catalogue Number: ADDCD3106
Don Byas was one of the most highly-regarded tenor sax players of his generation – he had a distinctive sound and a technique that enabled him to swing with effortless smoothness, yet with the dexterity and dynamics that enabled him to bridge the musical divide between swing and bebop. Hailed as one of the most exciting and brilliant new tenor stars during the early ‘40s’ he became ubiquitous in New York studios on sessions alongside the luminaries of the era, before visiting Europe with Don Redman and deciding to stay there. He became hugely popular with the large audience of jazz enthusiasts in France, where he performed and recorded for 15 years or more – his absence from the USA explains the lower profile his reputation enjoys alongside some of his exalted contemporaries. However, he was one of the great jazz stylists of the era, and this collection brings together examples of his work both with his own small groups and with other leaders’ ensembles over more than two decades, and featuring performances by some of the big names of jazz with whom he played.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 A Wee Bit Of Swing Timmie Rosenkranz & The Barrelhouse Barons
2 Wham Re Bop Boom Bam Andy Kirk And His Twelve Clouds Of Joy
3 Practice Makes Perfect Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra
4 Something New Count Basie & His Orchestra
5 Sugar Blues Count Basie & His All-American Rhythm Section
6 The Breaks Albert Ammons And His Rhythm Kings
7 On The Sunny Side Of The Street Coleman Hawkins And His Sax Ensemble
8 Dance Of The Tambourine Hot Lips Page's Swing Seven
9 Riffin' And Jivin' Don Byas Orchestra Savoy Jam Party
10 1944 Stomp Don Byas Orchestra Savoy Jam Party
11 Swing Street Buck Ram's All Stars
12 These Foolish Things Hot Lips Page
13 Memories Of You Cozy Cole And His Orchestra
14 That's The Blues Clyde Hart's All Stars
15 Salt Peanuts Dizzy Gillespie Sextet
16 Be-Bop Dizzy Gillespie Sextet
17 You Call It Madness Don Byas All Star Quintet
18 S.K. Blues Part 2 Big Joe Turner Acc By Pete Johnson's All Stars
19 Now's The Time Don Byas Quartet
20 I Got Rhythm Don Byas & Slam Stewart
21 Out Of Nowhere Don Byas All Stars
22 Harvard Blues Don Byas Quartet
23 Slam-In Around Don Byas Quartet
24 Laura Don Byas Quartet
25 Melody In Swing Don Byas Quartet
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 My Melancholy Baby Don Byas Quartet
2 Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams Don Byas Quartet
3 Candy Don Byas Quintet
4 Sophisticated Lady Johnny Guarnieri Quartet
5 Gone With The Wind Esquire All-American Award Winners
6 Ol Man Rebop Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra
7 Cherokee Don Byas Quartet
8 September In The Rain Don Byas Quartet
9 September Song Don Byas Quartet
10 Gloria Don Byas Quartet
11 Body And Soul Don Byas Quartet
12 I Surrender, Dear Don Byas & Tyree Glenn Orchestra
13 Walking Around Don Byas Ree-Boppers
14 Stormy Weather Don Byas & His Rhythm
15 Yesterdays Bill Coleman & Don Byas Quintet
16 Lover Man Bill Coleman & Don Byas Quintet
17 Where or when Don Byas & His Rhythm
18 I can't give you anything but love Don Byas Quartet
19 Them There Eyes Don Byas Quintet
20 Lullaby of the leaves Mary Lou Williams Feat. Don Byas
21 Indiana Jazz Festival Du Cannes Tenor Conclave
22 Jackie My LittleCat Don Byas & Bud Powell Quintet
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