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The Consummate Artist

If one is new to the work of Don Byas, this collection offers a complete overview of one of the consummate artists of the tenor saxophone. Byas never lets his complete mastery of the instrument overshadow his ability to create and sustain a mood with great dramatic flair. One of the great American artists of the 20th Century.


Born: October 21, 1912 in Muskogee, OK

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

One of the greatest of all tenor players, Don Byas' decision to move permanently to Europe in 1946 resulted in him being vastly underrated in jazz history books. His knowledge of chords rivalled Coleman Hawkins, and, due to their similarity in tones, Byas can be considered an extension of the elder tenor. He played with many top swing bands, including those of Lionel Hampton (1935), Buck Clayton (1936), Don Redman, Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk (1939-1940), and most importantly Count Basie (1941-1943)....
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