Chris Byars “The Music of Frank Strozier” (SCCD 31824)

SCCD 31824 Chris Byars “The Music of Frank Strozier” Chris Byars’s ongoing endeavour to re-discover and celebrate works by outstanding jazz composers of the past generations produced here another collection of gems by alto saxophonist Frank Strozier superbly arranged by Byars. Born in Memphis, TN in 1937 Frank Strozier grew up playing piano in the nourishing Memphis blues/jazz environment. Strozier established himself in New York as highly acclaimed alto sax player and composer in the 1960s, performing a. o. as a member of The Miles Davis Sextet. “The music of Duke Jordan is surely worthy of re-appraisal and when it is refurbished and re-interpreted as creatively as it is here … Continue reading

Chris Byars – Jasmine Flower (SCCD 31773)

SCCD 31773 Chris Byars “Jasmine Flower” Chris Byars saxophone/composer/arranger leads his group in various formats including a quintet as in this album with guest instrumentalists (his father James Byars on English horn and his fiancée Mine Sadrazam on piano). Chris could be dubbed “Jazz Ambassador” conducting cultural exchange programs in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Balkans for the U.S. Department of State since 2007. While his previous three albums were highly creative tributaries to jazz’s true heroes: Freddie Redd, Lucky Thompson and Gigi Gryce, this new album is a superb collection of Chris’s original compositions many of which are depicting diverse cultures of the world. “… Byars’ treatment … Continue reading

Chris Byars – Bop-ography (SCCD 31686)

Following up the intriguing 2009 SteepleChase debut album “Blue Light” (SCCD 31662) shedding lights on compositions of Gigi Gryce, saxophonist/composer Chris Byars with his quintet features legendary vibraphonist Teddy Charles in an attractive program including his own compositions together with works by Donald Byrd and a unheard composition by Gigi Gryce. . 1. Festival (George Wallington)2. Straight Ahead (Gigi Gryce)3. Lost Love (Gigi Gryce)4. Himalayan Sunrise (Chris Byars)5. Nature Boy (Eden Ahbez)6. Minority (Gigi Gryce)7. Indra (Chris Byars)8. Bop-ography (Chris Byars) UPC/EAN: 716043168620 … Continue reading

Chris Byars – Blue Lights (SCCD 31662)

“…there is a special world of meticulous jazz composition envisaged by the creative sensibility of Gigi Gryce to be re-discovered in Blue Lights . And the interpretation of those works by Chris Byars and his men is to be applauded and cherished. They are both authentic and inspired.” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Lucky Swing (Chris Byars)2. Sans Souci (Gigi Gryce)3. Al-Ghashiyah (Gigi Gryce)4. The Infant Song (Gigi Gryce)5. Baba's Blues (Gigi Gryce)6. Shabozz (Gigi Gryce)7. Blue Lights (Gigi Gryce)8. Anne Marie (Gigi Gryce) UPC/EAN: 716043166220 … Continue reading