Jaki Byard – The Jaki Byard Experience (Full Album)

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The Jaki Byard Experience is an album by jazz pianist Jaki Byard, originally released on the Prestige label in 1968, featuring performances by Byard with Roland Kirk, Richard Davis and Alan Dawson.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
Pianist Jaki Byard and the wondrous Roland Kirk (here switching between tenor, clarinet, and manzello) were two of the few jazz musicians who could play in literally every jazz style, from New Orleans to bop and free form. If only they had recorded a history-of-jazz album. Fortunately, they did meet up on a few occasions, including this brilliant quartet session with bassist Richard Davis and drummer Alan Dawson. They romp on Bud Powell’s “Parisian Thoroughfare,” Thelonious Monk’s “Evidence,” “Shine on Me,” and “Teach Me Tonight.” Byard duets with Davis on his own “Hazy Eve,” but best of all is the pianist’s duet with Kirk on “Memories of You.” This set was also reissued as half of the Roland Kirk two-LP set Pre-Rahsaan (https://goo.gl/rJV1tc).

Track listing:
“Parisian Thoroughfare” (Bud Powell) – 10:05
“Hazy Eve” (Jaki Byard) – 4:34
“Shine on Me” (Traditional) – 4:16
“Evidence” (Thelonious Monk) – 4:24
“Memories of You” (Eubie Blake, Andy Razaf) – 7:13
“Teach Me Tonight” (Sammy Cahn, Gene DePaul) – 5:23

Recorded in New York on September 17, 1968

Jaki Byard – piano
Roland Kirk – tenor saxophone, manzello, clarinet, whistle, kirkbam
Richard Davis – bass
Alan Dawson – drums


Released: 1968
Recorded: September 17, 1968
Length: 35:55
Label: Prestige
Producer: Don Schlitten