Bang on a Can All-Stars & Don Byron

A Ballad for Many


After years of live collaboration, Don Byron and Bang on a Can step into the studio together to create Byron's follow-up to his Grammy-nominated Ivey-Divey. The inimitable clarinetist shows off his talent as a composer in his new CD with the genre-blurring Bang on a Can All-Stars.

The CD is dedicated to ground-breakers, with large-scale works dedicated to one-of-a-kind comic/satirist/star Ernie Kovacs, and to the Tuskegee Airmen, the famous African-American WWII-era fighter squadron.

Lovingly recorded by Byron long-time engineer Tom Lazarus, A Ballad for Many features the Bang on a Can All-Stars at their best, whether negotiating breathtaking cello-piano duets or rocking out with one of Byron's great grooves. This CD creates a unique opportunity to hear Byron's stunning compositional acumen as interpreted by a group other than his own.

"Byron, jazz's best clarinetist, plays on just three of these tracks, but his genius for composing category-defying music shines throughout. Bang on a Can's sextet pulls off Byron's challenges, from the jump-cut humor of the six-part 'Eugene' suite to the wobbly beauty of the waltz-like 'Basquiat.' Don't call this eclectic: It's simply complete."
- Entertainment Weekly

"Calling Don Byron a jazz musician is like calling the Pacific wet - it just doesn't begin to describe it... Byron has carpentered an extraordinary career precisely by obliterating the very idea of category."
- TIME

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For more information about the composer, visit the artist page for Don Byron.

For more information about the performers, visit the artist page for the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

June 13, 2006
Cantaloupe Music
Don Byron