Jaki Byard: European Episode
Jaki Byard (piano)
Blues for Smoke (Candid CCD 79018)
Jaki Byard (piano).
Composed by Jaki Byard.
Recorded: New York, December 16, 1960
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
This piece appears on Out Front also, but this version is a killer solo performance on Blues for Smoke, Jakiís first record date. Itís an excerpt from a lengthy piece by Jaki that goes through a lot of piano history. I know I've adopted that all-encompassing aspect of his playing. Jaki was comfortable in many styles, and was totally committed to all of them. Anyway, this piece is very quick and the listener gets to hear Jakiís phenomenal agility. His hands weren't large, but he was able to play sounds that pianists with big hands cannot even attempt to grasp.
Reviewer: Jason Moran