A Fireside Chat with Don Byron
AAJ: And you will be touring with that Lester Young project. October 17 at the San Francisco Jazz Festival.
DB: Yeah, but it won't be all of the music off the record because live we're more focused on the trio kind of thing. We won't have bass and we won't have trumpet, but it will be a lot of the music and maybe some other Lester Young related material that we didn't play on the record.
AAJ: What is your fascination with the Lester Young Trio?
DB: There was a lot of great communication. When you take away something as integral to normal jazz groups at the time: bass, there is more pressure on the players to really create the feeling of each song. It just makes everybody more responsible harmonically and rhythmically to maintain the shape of the song. A lot of these standards are not that different from one to the other. It is just the placement of one chord that makes you recognize one song over another. It might be the same chord just two beats later. When you don't have bass to really define that, it puts more pressure on the rest of the players to make those things clear.
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