Don Byron: A Mural from Two Perspectives


A Mural from Two Perspectives


Don Byron (clarinet)


Romance with the Unseen (Blue Note 99545)

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Don Byron (clarinet), Bill Frisell (guitar), Drew Gress (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums).

Recorded: Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York, January and March, 1999


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Since he was named “Jazz Artist of the Year” by Down Beat in 1992 after the release of his debut album, The Tuskegee Experiments, Don Byron has been releasing consistently appealing and stylistically diverse jazz recordings. Although he has recently recorded on tenor saxophone, he is primarily known as the foremost modern jazz clarinetist, and his musical output and political infusion make for a fascinating 15-year discography. On this track, a Duke Ellington composition, all four musicians are in fine form, and Frisell’s inimitable comping and DeJohnette’s conversational drumming allow for Gress and Byron to excel during their solo sections.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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