Jaki Byard: Out Front
Jaki Byard (piano)
Out Front (Original Jazz Classics, OJC CD 1842-2)
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 28, 1964
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
Out Front is one of my favorite Jaki Byard albums, though it doesn't really get to his wilder side. I love hearing him play with Bob Cranshaw and Walter Perkins on this track—they lay down some serious music. Jaki has a certain way of playing his bebop knowledge—he’s able to turn the phrases to make them feel just a bit off. That’s to say, he switches the phrase to the other side of the beat with such ease, and then switches it back. Also, I remember him telling me that he wrote this piece with Herbie Nichols' touch in mind. I thought that was such a great way to start a composition, with "touch" in mind.
Reviewer: Jason Moran