by Ludwig vanTrikt
[Introduction by Teddy Charles]
It's not easy to be Chris Byars. With an incredible array of talents brought to bear on his composition, arrangements, and cooking jazz performances, it's no wonder he's worked his way to the forefront of the myriad of jazz players overwhelming the scene.
For me, our felicitous association led to multiple gigs and recordings. Dances with Bulls (Smalls Records, 2009) updates some of my old concepts, resulting in some daring explorations; a great recording.
Inspired by ...read more
by Elliott Simon
While its mission is the preservation of Himalayan art, NYC's Rubin Museum continues to produce an excellent concert series in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. The series has developed into a forum for artists to perform new projects in a singularly spiritual setting. Saxophonist Chris Byars has in effect written a soundtrack for selected art pieces from the Rubin--ancient tapestries depicting the deities and concepts of the Bön religious tradition of Tibet--reproductions of which are included in ...read more
by Ken Dryden
Saxophonist Chris Byars has made a name for himself as one of many promising neo-bop musicians who perform on a regular basis at Smalls in New York City, while also appearing on a number of CDs (as either a sideman or leader) issued by the Smalls label. He has played since the age of seven and earned a Masters degree at the Manhattan School of Music at the age of twenty. For his third date as a leader, Byars is ...read more
by Jim Santella
What a delightful octet Chris Byars has put together in New York. Its straight-ahead design means that everyone has an influential voice for every performance, soloing frequently. Each artist is a standout soloist as well as a contributor for the group's cohesive voice.
Band arrangements can make the difference between a so-so rehearsal band and a memorable unit. Byars' octet benefits both from superb arranging and excellent soloing. Along with voicing that introduces creative harmony and a seamless ...read more
by Florence Wetzel
Chris Byars Octet Night Owls Smalls Records 2006 Kris Allen, Chris Byars, Loren Stillman Steeplechase Jam Session # 15 Steeplechase Records 2006
Saxophonist, composer, arranger and bandleader Chris Byars is one of the most versatile musicians on today's jazz scene. A consummate professional, Byars began performing at age 7 as a ...read more