In addition to being one of its most-forward looking voices, Don Byron has covered the whole gamut of American musicfrom Mickey Katz to Raymond Scott, from Duke Ellington to Lester Young and Stevie Wonderand beyond, from Robert Schumann to Giacomo Puccini. He has done so with his signature sound, a deep understanding of those composers' traditions that didn't prevent his experimentation, and a tongue-in-cheek attitude. At the most soulful end of this eclectic range is his 2006 tribute to Junior Walker, Do the Boomerang (Blue Note).
Introduced by George Colligan's Hammond, "Cleo's Mood" is a gem built on the sinuous lines of Don Byron's tenor saxophone, a compelling and singable solo by guitarist David Gilmore, with Dean Bowman's vocals doing the rest towards building a slow simmering crescendo that stays with you well after the end of the song.
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