June 19, 2024

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CD review: Chris Byars – A Hundred Years From Today 2019: Video, CD cover

For the past ten years saxophonist/composer/arranger/educator Chris Byars has passionately excavated and re-examined earlier gems of music by jazz’s historical contributors such as Gigi Gryce, Lucky Thompson, Freddie Redd, Duke Jordan, among others.

For this album Byars penned nine original compositions as a tribute to jazz greats who turned 100 years in 2017.

“Chris Byars has done a remarkable job reviving these neglected compositions of Frank Strozier while also putting his own stamp on them with his inventive arrangements.” – Ken Dryden, NYCJR on ‘The Music Of Frank Strozier’

01.Intention
02.A Hundred Years from Today
03.San Juan Hill
04.Money Can’t Buy
05.All the Things Are Redd
06.Lovelace
07.Elevated Tracks
08.Flight
09.Incognito
10.Mountain Top

Personnel: Chris Byars (tenor saxophone), John Mosca (trombone), Zaid Nasser (alto saxophone), Stefano Doglioni (bass clarinet), Ari Roland (bass), Phil Stewart (drums).

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