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Tribute to Cannonball

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 26, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AHS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on August 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Crisp, well recorded, energetic and super tight bop quintet recorded in Europe during the 1960s featuring Bud Powell near the top of his form, the powerful Don Byas on tenor, Kenny Clarke perfect and tasteful on drums, and Pierre Michelot, rock solid on bass. The renditions of "Cherokee", "Good Bait", "All the Things You Are" are among the best ever. "Myth" has a nice hard boppish feel. This is a bright, happy session that is of historic importance. The alternate take of "Cherokee" has a surprise: producer Cannonball Adderly jumps in and jams.
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Format: Audio CD
Original Release Date:

Dec 17, 1961

Recording Date:

Dec 15, 1961

Paris

Personnel:

DON BYAS Tenor sax

BUD POWELL Piano

PIERRE MICHELOT Bass

KENNY CLARK Drums

IDREES SULIEMAN Trumpet

JULIAN CANNONBALL ADDERLEY Alto sax

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On the CD Re-issue Columbia CK 65186 ,there is an unissued take with Cannon sitting in on "Cherokee".)

10.Cherokee (Unissued)7:51

When he left for Europe in the fall of 1946 with the Don Red man band, Don Byas' reputation was at its peak. Admired by the modernists at Minton's no less than by the swing-styled players of his own generation on 52nd Street, he was celebrated as a tireless, original and influential saxophonist. His solo on Basie's "Harvard Blues" had created a stir in 1941 and he followed it with a remarkable series of recordings for small labels. In his romantic approach to "Laura," he had something of a hit. He stayed in Europe, becoming the first in a continuously expanding family of expatriate jazzmen, and although the great Don Byas was much in demand by the jazz-appreciative Europeans, he was largely forgoffen back home. Few of his records were available here and without personal appearances it is difficult, if not impossible, to sustain a following. He returned to the U.S. once, in the summer of 1970, received little of the money or adulation he might have expected, and returned to Holland where he died in August 1972 of lung cancer. He was 59.

Don Byas was a seminal figure in the development of the tenor saxophone and a transitional one twixt the schools of swing and bop.
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By A Customer on August 30, 2001
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Crisp, well recorded, energetic and super tight bop quintet recorded in Europe during the 1960s featuring Bud Powell near the top of his form, the powerful Don Byas on tenor, Kenny Clarke perfect and tasteful on drums, and Pierre Michelot, rock solid on bass. The renditions of "Cherokee", "Good Bait", "All the Things You Are" are among the best ever. "Myth" has a nice hard boppish feel. This is a bright, happy session that is of historic importance. The alternate take of "Cherokee" has a surprise: producer Cannonball Adderly jumps in and jams.
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For some reason it has become conventional wisdom that Bud's playing deteriorated after the early 1950s and those later recordings were to be avoided. This album lays that notion to rest because he is in top form on every track.

Evidence of my assertion is in the sound samples. While this page lacks them at the time of this review, they are available here: Tribute to Cannonball. Run through them and you will be transported to a magic session in the Studio Charlot in Paris, France on December 15, 1961. There are no throw-aways or unissued tracks from that session - every track and take recorded that day is included in this album.

One thing you probably noticed immediately from the sound samples is Don Byas' gorgeous tone on tenor saxophone. It perfectly complements Cannonball Adderley's alto sax, and I also love Idrees Sulieman's trumpet on tracks 5 and 8. Add in the dream team rhythm section with Bud on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass and one of my idols, Kenny Clarke, on drums, and it's easy to envision some amazing musicians inspiring one another.

If you are interested in this album because Don Byas is on it you may want to check Essential Jazz Masters, which contains all of the tracks on this album and many more (including two more albums from Paris studio sessions.)
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I have had this album on vinyl and was heartbroken when every went digital.Truly a pearl in the ear of all jazz buffs
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