Sunshine Of My Soul

Jaki Byard

Sunshine Of My Soul
  • CAT # OJCCD-1946-25

    1. Sunshine 9:29
    2. Cast Away 4:03
    3. Chandra 8:08
    4. St. Louis Blues 6:08
    5. Diane's Melody 6:58
    6. Trendsition Zildjian 10:59

Of the nine Jaki Byard CDs in the OJC catalog, Sunshine of My Soul is the freest. In the case of the astounding "Trendsition Zildjian" the freedom is absolute because Byard, Elvin Jones, and David Izenzon played it without guideposts for melody, harmony, or rhythm and created a masterpiece of free jazz. Boldness and exhilaration also characterize the other music on the album, even the traditional "St. Louis Blues." Byard was one of the most disciplined and one of the least inhibited of all jazz improvisers. Jones, John Coltrane's drummer, and Izenzon, Ornette Coleman's bassist, matched Byard's virtuosity and his willingness to go out on a limb. "Chandra" and "Diane's Melody" are pieces that Byard wrote in the early 1950s, but in these unrestrained performances they didn't sound dated in 1968 and will no doubt be fresh in 2068.

with David Izenzon, Elvin Jones

Recorded in New York City; October 31, 1967.

Find out more about Jaki Byard

RECENT RELATED RELEASE

with George Tucker, Alan Dawson

Recorded April 15, 1965.

More

MORE RELEASES FROM JAKI BYARD

Jaki Byard (1922-1999) occupies a unique place in the history of jazz piano: he was at once a living encyclopedia of the instrument, capable of… More
Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, and Alan Dawson comprised a formidable trio. They collaborated so often in the 1960s and achieved such cohesiveness and… More
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… More
"Encyclopedic" is the word that comes to mind when the subject is Jaki Byard. No pianist in jazz has displayed a more comprehensive… More
After two successful trio sessions for Prestige's subsidiary New Jazz, the multi-talented Jaki Byard really opened up on his first album for the… More
When Here's Jaki was made in early 1961, the pianist had been traveling with Maynard Ferguson's big band for a year. His reputation was beginning… More

RELATED ARTISTS