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  • Audio CD (April 9, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RESONANCE RECORDS
  • ASIN: B00BG4CTPS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction by Todd Barkan
2. Scapple from the Apple
3. Just One Of Those Things
4. Satin Doll
5. Something to Live For
6. Send One Your Love
7. Our Delight
8. All Day Long
9. Sunday
10. Chelsea Bridge
11. Land of Make Believe
12. The Theme

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Recorded February 7, 1982 at the legendary Keystone Korner in San Francisco, CA.

Contains 23-page booklet with notes by Diane Byard, Todd Barkan, Dan Morgenstern, Howard Mandel, Renee Rosnes, and Bill Charlap.

Includes photos by Tom Copi, Brian McMillen, and Kathy Sloane.

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Mr. Flanagan perfected his own niche, a style beyond style, where the only appropriate comparisons are between
his inspired performances and those that are merely characteristic. --Gary Giddins, author, Visions of Jazz

Jaki Byard was one of jazz s most idiosyncratic talents, a pianist capable of playing in almost any jazz style as well as a highly original creative voice. --W. Royal Stokes, author, critic & jazz historian

Jaki Byard was one of jazz s most idiosyncratic talents, a pianist capable of playing in almost any jazz style as well as a highly original creative voice. --W. Royal Stokes, author, critic & jazz historian

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mikio Miyaki on May 16, 2013
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Tommy Flanagan and Jaki Byard, two piano greats bask in each other's definitive style to exhilarating effect. We can safely say we finally find a brilliant diamond in the discarded mine. Considering original recordings being made on cassette tapes, nothing to complain of as far as sound quality is concerned. It fully delivers us the excitement of the night. Bebop is at the heart of their playing. Jason Moran classifies Tommy as a legato player, Jaki as a staccato player. Tommy plays within the steps of the tune, while Jaki is trying to up-end the structure all the time. We can easily confirm his points in everywhere in this album.

Included Keystone Korner commemorative postcards are unexpected presents. Assembled team of writers provides profound insight about performers and track-by-track commentary in the 4 panel LP booklet, which helps us to capture the experience of the night fully. My favorite part is side D, where Tommy is on his element of Jazz Poet with his impeccable lyrical touch, while Jaki makes dynamic and big scale sounds with an atmosphere of Jazz Prophet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Tedford on April 10, 2014
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Tommy Flanagan and Jaki Byard are living encyclopedias of jazz history. Byard played with Charles Mingus for many years, given a significant solo spotlight at the onset of the Mingus sets of the early to mid 1960s-"A.T.F.W. (Art Tatum/Fats Waller)" as well as freelancing on some of my favorite dates. Phil Woods' "Musique du bois" comes most immediately to mind in this context, an unjustly neglected gem IMO.
Tommy Flanagan, has not only accompanied the great singer, Ella Fitzgerald, but led an outstanding string of albums such as "Tommy Flanagan-Jazz Poet". Ever the most lyric of performers, his inventiveness repays constant deep listening.
Together, these two great keyboard artists are captured "live" at San Francisco's Keystone Korner. I truly envy this audience, even while I'm grateful someone thought to record it all for posterity.
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San Francisco's legendary Keystone Korner was the funkiest, most intimate little club on earth, with some of the most undrinkable Irish coffee, but it was a jazz church. Todd Barkan would book some of the most giant of jazz giants, like Tommy Flanagan and Jaki Byard, to play for gigs often lasting an entire week. During Keystone's last years in the early 1980s (a period in which non-electric jazz was not popular), especially on quiet nights, you could get front row seats in a living room- like atmosphere, the stage literally a few feet away. Because of the uniqueness of the room, which brought audiences and players so close, there was always a special magic in Keystone.

These recordings capture the feeling, and joyous performances that I remember fondly. (I remember Barkan announcing that the sessions were being recorded and always wondered why there was no record. Well, here it is.) What a duo. Flanagan, the tasteful and refined master from the Bud Powell lineage, with the long, lyrical lines and quicksilver bop solos. Byard, Monk-ish, with brashness, stride-ish old school touches, and a lot of humor. The interplay between them was not only thrilling but often hilarious. It is too bad there isn't a film of these gigs, because the expressions and jokes going back and forth cracked up the house.

Do yourself a favor and step into this aural time machine. Make yourself a Irish coffee.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Foster on June 24, 2013
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And Jaki Byard is another of the greats -- and it's incredibly apparent they're having fun. They're having so much fun that listening to this one can't possibly be not fun -- and, yes, that double negative is a positive. This is one sweet recording. Fun!
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