Jaki Byard: Dolphy #1
Dolphy (Take 1)
Jaki Byard (piano)
The Last From Lennie's (Prestige, PRECD11029)
Composed by Jaki Byard.
Recorded: live, Lennie's-on-the-Turnpike, West Peabody, Mass., April 15, 1965
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
This is taken from the Last at Lennie's live recording. This is also a blues, but I think Jaki's solo is magnificent. He's shouting directions to the band. But the angularity and touch of his playing is rarely as expressive as this. This is totally new stuff, even by today's standards. Many of his ideas truly go against the grain of standard jazz practice, in the same way Monk did, and as Cecil Taylor still does. But what is never in question with Jaki is just how comfortable at the piano he is. This is something I know each musician hopes to attain. This recording documents one of his best groups.
Reviewer: Jason Moran