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  1. Check UpDon Byron 4:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Zwielicht (Twilight)Don Byron 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Glitter And Be GayDon Byron 8:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. BasquiatDon Byron 5:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. It's OverDon Byron 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Creepin'Don Byron/Patricia O'Callaghan 4:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Nessun DormaDon Byron 4:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Soldier In The RainDon Byron 3:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Reach Out I'll Be ThereDon Byron 4:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. The Ladies Who LunchDon Byron 6:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. LarghettoDon Byron 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 7, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00000B00C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on July 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Creative is the word here. Innovative also fits. And fresh is another apt adjective. The result practically defies genre classification. "Classical crossover" might describe this CD the best.
The most important thing is the fact that this blending works, and it brings out a previously overlooked quality in such songs as "It's Over", "Reach out, I'll Be There", and "The Ladies Who Lunch". And on the other hand, this blending makes pieces such as "Zwielicht", "Nessun Dorma", and "Larghetto" more accessible to a larger audience.
A major consideration here is that neither the classical nor the popular works are compromised. This CD deserves to be a lot more popular than it is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The-Bus on June 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Don Byron is the man... Who else would put Puccini's 'Nessun Dorma', Sondheim's 'The Ladies Who Lunch' (featuring the amazing Cassandra Wilson), and 'Reach Out (I'll Be There)' by the Four Tops, on the same album?
To go further, who would infuse their own style into these pieces to such an extent where they all sound like equal parts in a gigantic musical vein? Don Byron, that's who.
The personal highlight is definitely 'It's Over' which former Pat Metheny Group vocalist Mark Ledford handles adeptly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bimwa on August 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
In the liner notes to this album, Don Byron poses the question "Has the art of writing arias and lieder been lost altogether?". His short answer is "I think not", and for his longer embellished response I guess one is required to listen to this album. Contained within are essentially a selection of his favourite songs, ranging from classical to show tunes to funk to pop.

There is no doubt that Byron is a brilliant clarinettist, and a fine composer. He has also created some of the finest 'concept albums' I can think of (Bug Music, Nu Blaxploitation, Tuskegee Experiments, etc). However on A Fine Line, as with his other albums, the concept is not always totally rigid, and there are a few spanners thrown in the works early on. Just take the first two tunes, for example - Ornette Coleman's "Check Up" and Robert Schumann's "Zwielicht". "Check Up" appeared on Coleman's '61 album Harlem's Manhattan, and obviously was originally an instrumental piece, while "Zwielicht" is originally a song, from the cycle "Liederkreis". Byron swaps the two, adding vocalist Mark Ledford to the former and taking the melody himself on the latter. Maybe I'm over-analysing, but I have to assume that what Byron is doing here is blurring the line between vocal and instrumental, and pointing out the lyrical qualities in an instrumental melody..?

That's all good and well, until track 4 - his original "Basquiat". It's a nice enough tune, but why record it for this album of 'songs'? Particularly since he had just recorded it a year earlier for his Romance With The Unseen album... Similar question with the final track, a solo clarinet version of Chopin's "Piano Concerto No.2", a fine piece but what's the connection? These little gripes aside, what about the actual songs?
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Pour on November 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Interesting and creatively clever idea with equally clever play. Mellow and enjoyable from beginning to end, with Byron excelling throughout. This is an intriguing lineup of music and song which at first might seem a bit odd or disjointed, but it ain't. It actually sounds thematic, like an aural drama of some sort..., with one possible exception. The song "Reach Out I'll Be There" dosen't quite seem to fit the motif. It's well played, but seems misplaced within this lineup (so program it out). Patricia O'Callaghan stands out on "Glitter And Be Gay", percussionist Paulo Braga on "Soldier In the Rain", and Cassandra Wilson on "The Ladies Who Lunch". Money well spent.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KC Music Shop on February 21, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Don Byron A Fine Line jazz music cd

Tracks/songs

1. Check Up
2. Zwielicht :: Twilight
3. Glitter and Be Gay
4. Basquiat
5. It's Over
6. Creepin'
7. Nessun Dorma
8. Soldier in the Rain
9. Reach Out I'll Be There
10. Ladies Who Lunch, The
11. Larghetto

UPC 724352680122

Details
Contributing artists: Cassandra Wilson, Jerome Harris, Mark Ledford, Uri Caine
Producer: Don Byron, Hans Wendl
Distributor: EMI Music Distribution
Recording type: Studio
Recording mode: Stereo
SPAR Code: n/a

Album notes
Personnel: Don Byron (clarinet, bass clarinet); Mark Ledford, Patricia O'Callaghan, Dean Bowman, Cassandra Wilson (vocals); Uri Caine (piano); Jerome Harris (acoustic guitar, acoustic bass); Paulo Braga (drums, percussion).
Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, New York in April and May 2000. Includes liner notes by Don Byron.
Personnel: Don Byron (clarinet, bass clarinet); Dean Bowman, Mark Ledford, Patricia O'Callaghan, Cassandra Wilson (vocals); Jerome Harris (acoustic guitar, bass guitar); Uri Caine (piano); Paulinho Braga (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Tom Lazarus.
Liner Note Author: Don Byron.
Photographer: Yuwadee.
Arranger: Don Byron.
One of the most flexible musicians on the jazz scene, clarinetist/composer Don Byron has, as a leader and accompanist, performed and recorded with bebop, klezmer, avant/free-jazz, hip-hop and large group '30s swing outfits, investing each with flair. A FINE LINE features his exploration of various aspects of the song form: European classics, Broadway/Tin Pan Alley, and 1960s Top Forty.
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