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Clarinetist-composer Don Byron declared his liberation from the tyrannies of both style and history with this 1992 release, one of the most significant debut recordings of the 1990s. The sheer span of Byron's musical reach... more »
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Clarinetist-composer Don Byron declared his liberation from the tyrannies of both style and history with this 1992 release, one of the most significant debut recordings of the 1990s. The sheer span of Byron's musical reach is awe-inspiring, including Ellington's "Mainstem" and Robert Schumann's tender "Auf Eiener Burg" in a program that ranges from the klezmer-suffused "Waltz for Ellen," an unaccompanied solo, to the Latin beat of "Next Love." Part of the album's magnificence, too, is just how extraordinarily well Byron plays the clarinet. He's joined by a shifting cast of sidemen that includes several regular associates, like bassist Reggie Workman, for the atmospheric dialogue with bass clarinet on "In Memoriam: Uncle Dan," pianist Edsel Gomez, and guitarist Bill Frisell, whose bending, soaring electric-guitar solos often match Byron's own leaping, virtuosic performances. The title track, with a powerful reading by the poet Sadiq, is a riveting poem inspired by the notorious "Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male." The grotesque medical experiment provides a subject potent enough to make the fusion of jazz and poetry work, melding the two into one. --Stuart Broomer
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CONRAD S. (conrad777) from ENGLEWD CLFS, NJ
Reviewed on 3/9/2009...
good album, good poetry
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Great debut from great clarinettist
bimwa | Australia | 02/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Despite being one of his lesser known albums, this is possibly Don Byron's most beautiful. It features amazing tunes, mostly Byron originals but also Duke Ellington's "Mainstem" and Robert Schumann's "Auf Eiener Burg". Byron's playing is as always tasteful, virtuosic and full of life. His support cast is also fantastic. Particularly noteworthy is Bill Frisell who features on some of the album's highlights, the funky latin "Next Love" and the very emotional, aptly named "Tears". A wonderful, varied album."
Delving into the past
James Ferguson | Vilnius, Lithuania | 06/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD still resonates with me today, Don Byron really tapped into something special in his debut outing, which he hasn't quite been able to capture since. While the CD loosely revolves around his feelings regarding the Tuskegee Experiments and race in general, there are many departures here. The music is as broad as Byron's expansive range of instruments, echoing Eric Dolphy on bass clarinet, alto sax and flute. Reggie Workman, Bill Frisell and Ralph Peterson (check out Ornettology from the same time frame) lend stellar support. Hard to believe this was nearly 15 years ago."