CAT # OJCCD-1879-25
1. Hi-Fly 13:10 2. Tillie Butterball 5:10 3. Excerpts From "Yamecraw'' 4:33 4. There Are Many Worlds 5:24 5. Here To Hear 7:42 6. Lullaby Of Birdland 2:52 7. 'Round Midnight 5:15 8. Blues In The Closet 5:09
There has never been a jazz pianist with a more inclusive concept than Jaki Byard. The proof is in the program of this album, his second for Prestige/New Jazz. It contains a composition by James P. Johnson that was virtually forgotten at the time; the Randy Weston title track (a standard in the making that this cover version helped on its way); new views of familiar classics by Monk, Shearing, and Pettiford; and three Byard originals that cover a full spectrum themselves. Only Byard could deliver the rollicking "Tillie Butterball," inspired by both a puppy and a bowling alley, then turn around and deliver the ambitious and forward-looking "Here to Hear." Bassist Ron Carter and drummer Pete LaRoca bring a similar era-spanning knowledge of jazz history, plus the technical command to follow a leader whose inspiration might take them anywhere.
with Ron Carter, Pete La Roca
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