Jaki Byard: Out Front


Out Front


Jaki Byard (piano)


Out Front (Original Jazz Classics, OJC CD 1842-2)

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Jaki Byard (piano), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Walter Perkins (drums).

Composed by Jaki Byard


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

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