DON BYRON

Avant-Garde Jazz / Post Bop / Eclectic Fusion / Progressive Big Band / Jazz Related Gospel / 21st Century Modern • United States
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Don Byron (b.1958) is a U.S. composer and clarinettist. While he is considered a jazz musician, he is stylistically very adventurous, having recorded klezmer music, German lieder, and cartoon music.

Byron was born on 8th November 1958in the Bronx, New York City, and was raised by his parents who were themselves musicians, his mother a pianist, his father a bass player for calypso bands. His parents raised him listening to all kinds of music, taking him on trips to the ballet and the symphony, and also exposing him to jazz such as Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis records.

Byron studied music at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He is a gifted performer on clarinet and (occasionally) saxophone, but on many of his albums subordinates his own playing to the exploration of a particular style. Byron is one of jazz's greatest practising historians, and some of his most successful albums
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Random Dances & AtonalitiesRandom Dances & Atonalities
Intakt Records 2018
$13.49
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Bug Music: Music Of The Raymond Scott Quintette, John Kirby & His Orchestra, And The Duke Ellington OrchestraBug Music: Music Of The Raymond Scott Quintette, John Kirby & His Orchestra, And The Duke Ellington Orchestra
Nonesuch 1996
$42.95
$4.81 (used)
Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey KatzDon Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz
Nonesuch 1993
$37.90
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You Are #6You Are #6
Blue Note Records 2001
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Ivey-DiveyIvey-Divey
BLUE NOTE 2004
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DON BYRON Tuskegee Experiments album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tuskegee Experiments
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
DON BYRON Plays the Music of Mickey Katz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays the Music of Mickey Katz
Eclectic Fusion 1993
DON BYRON Music For Six Musicians album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Music For Six Musicians
Avant-Garde Jazz 1995
DON BYRON Bug Music album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Bug Music
Progressive Big Band 1996
DON BYRON Nu Blaxploitation album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Nu Blaxploitation
Eclectic Fusion 1998
DON BYRON Romance With The Unseen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Romance With The Unseen
Post Bop 1999
DON BYRON A Fine Line: Arias & Lieder album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Fine Line: Arias & Lieder
Post Bop 2000
DON BYRON You Are #6 : More Music For Six Musicians album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
You Are #6 : More Music For Six Musicians
Post Bop 2001
DON BYRON Ivey-Divey album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ivey-Divey
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
DON BYRON Do the Boomerang album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Do the Boomerang
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
DON BYRON Don Byron & Aruan Ortiz : Random Dances & A tonalities album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Don Byron & Aruan Ortiz : Random Dances & A tonalities
21st Century Modern 2018

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DON BYRON No-vibe Zone album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No-vibe Zone
Post Bop 1996
DON BYRON Love, Peace, And Soul album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love, Peace, And Soul
Jazz Related Gospel 2012

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DON BYRON Nu Blaxploitation

Album · 1998 · Eclectic Fusion
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Nu Blaxploitation tries to do exactly what the title implies--update the blaxploitation style to fit the current jazz market. Byron mixes classic and nu r&b into his patented adventurous, avant framework.

I've tried really hard to get into this album, but it's just not my style. It's great how Byron quotes Mandrill and covers Mango Meat, Fencewalk, and Hagalo, but the avant aspect on many of the tunes are just a little far out for my taste. I suspect there's a large audience who really loves this well executed album, but it's difficult listening at times, Domino and Schizo seem to ramble endlessly and the puzzle pieces just don't fit.

The coup de grace for me is the cover of the Hendrix classic "If 6 was 9". Byron pulls out all the stops on this one, making one of the definitive recordings of the oft-covered song, and a great update for the new century.

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