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."
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.