Jaki Byard & Ran Blake
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||On Green Dolphin Street||Ran Blake & Jaki Byard||6:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Prelude||Ran Blake & Jaki Byard||4:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Chromatics||Ran Blake & Jaki Byard||8:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Wende||Ran Blake & Jaki Byard||3:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tea for Two||Ran Blake & Jaki Byard||7:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Victoria||Ran Blake & Jaki Byard||4:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sonata for Two Pianos||Ran Blake & Jaki Byard||10:38||Album Only||View in iTunes|
This very interesting release matches together Ran Blake and Jaki Byard in a set of piano duets. Because Byard (who can play credibly in virtually every jazz style) is highly flexible, he was able to meet Blake on his own terms and inspire him to play more extrovertedly than usual. Their seven collaborations (a pair of standards, one recent obscurity, Blake's "Wende" and three songs co-written by the pianists) have their playful moments, are quite exploratory, and always hold one's interest. In other words, this matchup works.
Born: June 15, 1922 in Worcester, MA
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s