Don Byas Quartet: Featuring Sir Charles Thompson
Byas is joined on this set by another emigree, pianist Sir Charles Thompson. These two were together on that famous jazz highway, New York's 52nd Street, during the early days of Bop before departing for more appreciative shores. Thompson took a relatively simplistic, clean approach to the piano, leaving lots of space between the chords. This creates a favorable contrast with the sometimes busy sax of Byas. Occasional bumps in the road notwithstanding, this CD offers an hour of solid playing from two of jazz history's more neglected figures. The only complaint with this CD is that sometimes Thompson sounds as if he's playing the piano in the next room. Despite that flaw, this album is recommended.
Track Listing: Autumn Leaves; Darn That Dream; Bag's Groove; Tenderly; But Not for Me; Gone with the Wind; The Girl from Ipanema; Loverman; Stella by Starlight; Jumpin' at Basie's
Personnel: Don Byas - Tenor Sax; Sir Charles Thompson- Piano; Isla Eckinger - Bass; Peter Schmidlin -Drums
Record Label: Storyville Records