Don Byas - 1952

Don Byas - 1952
Release Date:
November 16, 2004
Recording Date:
April 10, 1952 - July 18, 1952
Bop, Continental Jazz, Standards, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz

The eighth volume in the complete recordings of Oklahoma native Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas consists of 23 recordings he made in Paris during the spring and summer of 1952. Nine wonderful sides recorded for the Blue Star label on April 10th of that year are classic Byas -- lots of lush ballads and an occasional kicker -- with excellent rhythm support by pianist Art Simmons, bassist Joe Benjamin, and drummer Bill Clark. The remaining tracks presented here were originally issued on the Vogue label. Six lovely melodies recorded on May 21st feature guitarist Marcel Bianchi and bassist Pierre Michelot, while eight tunes rendered on July 18th are enhanced by the addition of a vibraphone. Byas was both a master of romantic exposition and a formidable improviser at brisk tempos, comparable to Coleman Hawkins yet possessed of a spirit entirely his own. This material will be new to some of those who live outside of Europe, and for this reason the producers of the Classics Chronological Series are to be warmly commended for having brought out another excellent volume of vintage jazz music for all to hear.

Somebody Loves Me / Buddy DeSylva / George Gershwin / Ballard MacDonaldDon Byas2:52
I Cover the Waterfront / Johnny Green / Edward HeymanDon Byas4:04
Don't Blame Me / Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHughDon Byas3:41
Old Folks at HomeDon Byas3:17
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes / Jerome KernDon Byas2:56
Riviera Blues (Blues a la Don) / TraditionalDon Byas3:02
You Can Depend on Me / Charles Carpenter / Louis Dunlap / Earl HinesDon Byas2:28
That Old Feeling / Lew Brown / Sammy FainDon Byas2:26
Laura / Janot RoskinDon Byas4:15
Wheel of Fortune / Bennie Benjamin / George David WeissDon Byas2:53
Please, Mister Sun / R. GetzovDon Byas3:25
Rose de Picardie / Guy WoodDon Byas2:58
L 'Enfant et la RoseDon Byas2:41
I Hear a Rhapsody / James WhitonDon Byas3:48
Pleurs / Don ByasDon Byas3:04
Just a Gigolo / Irving Caesar / Leonello CasucciDon Byas3:04
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man / George GershwinDon Byas3:22
Nice Work if You Can Get It / George GershwinDon Byas3:01
I'm in the Mood for Love / Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHughDon Byas3:11
Lover / Lorenz Hart / Richard RodgersDon Byas3:12
Lazy River / Sidney Arodin / Hoagy CarmichaelDon Byas3:26
On the Sunny Side of the Street / Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHughDon Byas3:09
My Blue Heaven / George A. WhitingDon Byas3:14

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