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Don Byron: Ivey-Divey

Read "Ivey-Divey" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Clarinetist Don Byron is much like one of those ducks in a carnival shooting gallery; just when you've drawn a bead and think you have him in your sights, he quickly disappears, only to pop up somewhere else, safely out of range. For the ducks, the purpose is survival; for Byron, it's the unrelenting pursuit of ...

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Don Byron: Ivey-Divey

Read "Ivey-Divey" reviewed by Jim Santella

Don Byron's virtuosic clarinet technique allows him to stretch his limits this way and that. With piano and drums, he opens his program by setting the pace for adventure. With a glimpse of familiar melody here and a peek at remembered themes there, the clarinetist launches an improvisational tirade. Both his clarinet and bass clarinet enable ...

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Don Byron: Ivey-Divey

Read "Ivey-Divey" reviewed by AAJ Staff

The expression “ivey-divey," like so many expressions in the jazz world, comes from Lester Young. It was Pres' term for permanent sadness, for living in the world through the blues, life with perpetual blues feeling. The album Ivey-Divey is Don Byron's look at Pres' great '46 trio session with Nat Cole and Buddy Rich. Byron's album, ...

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Don Byron: Ivey-Divey

Read "Ivey-Divey" reviewed by John Kelman

Clarinetist Don Byron has fashioned a career something akin to a great jazz history lesson. With albums like Plays the Music of Mickey Katz and Bug Music , he demonstrated some of its traditional roots, whereas Music for Six Musicians and You are #6 explored the Latin and Afro-Cuban legacies. Tuskegee Experiments and the frighteningly good ...

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Don Byron: Ivey-Divey

Read "Ivey-Divey" reviewed by Ty Cumbie

Jazz is deep into a critical phase, through which all mature art forms must pass--look out rock, your time is coming!--the point at which the music either changes or dies, becoming something different or a dusty museum piece. All who choose to enter the field at this time face this challenge, whether they know it or ...