Jaki Byard – Out Front

Booker Ervin’s pianist gets the chance to front his own group. A very diverse record. Jaki Byard sometimes does bops and ballads with just him, bass and drums, a heavily written many-sectioned piece with him, Booker Ervin and Richard Williams, and even a track where Jaki plays alto! Cool record, but when Booker solos, Jaki is no longer out front! The Stereo Stereo Stereo cover reminds me, that I like jazz in mono, for most of this record, the piano is off to the left speaker only.

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