Don Byron: I'll Follow the Sun


I'll Follow the Sun


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).

Composed by Lennon/McCartney


Recorded: Bearsville, NY, January and March 1999


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Multifaceted clarinetist Don Byron scores huge with this cover of Paul McCartney's divine "I'll Follow the Sun." His clear-toned clarinet a perfect representation of McCartney's charming tenor voice, Byron delivers the melody with ease above Frisell's ringing arpeggios and inimitable comping style. The sublime harmonic tension embedded in the chord progression elicits many lovely moments of resolution during Byron's engaging solo. Frisell references the melody, often cleverly implied or displaced unexpectedly, throughout his choruses. Gress provides firm support, and DeJohnette's delicate cymbal and snare work, selective hi-hat and rim-clicks are simply splendid (especially behind Frisell's solo). This fabulous track will bring a sunny smile to any listener's face.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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