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The Chris Byars Octet: Lucky Strikes Again

Read "Lucky Strikes Again" reviewed by Greg Simmons

If a theorem states: “three harmonizing saxophones create compelling, rich, sonic textures," then the proof is the Chris Byars Octet's homage to saxophonist Lucky Thompson, Lucky Strikes Again. Lucky Thompson (1924-2005) is primarily remembered as a bebop saxophonist, but he was also a fine and underrated composer, leading small and mid-sized bands. Byars has ...

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The Chris Byars Octet: Night Owls

Read "Night Owls" reviewed 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 ...


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