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Tuskegee Experiments

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    “He can take you to a place you may have avoided and make you feel comfortable there”. The Wall Street Journal described the musical world of Don Byron this way with good reason: his clarinet is equally at home in the music of Ellington, Schubert, Messiaen and Mickey Katz. As a sideman and collaborator Byron has already established himself as “arguably the best young jazz clarinetist in the country” (WSJ) . Now, on “Tuskegee Experiments”, his solo debut recording on Nonesuch, Byron lays claim to being among the most inventive and compelling musicians of his generation.

    Taking its title from experiments conducted on Black American men at Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute, Don Byron’s first solo recording features seven original jazz compositions, an Ellington arrangement, and a transcription of a Schumann song. With a core trio consisting of guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Lonnie Plaxico, and drummer Ralph Peterson, Byron offers a swinging, lyrical and totally individual representation of the jazz clarinet. The arc of the recording builds with the addition of players and intensity, climaxing with the title track and poetry by the Detroit-based writer Sadiq.

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    MUSICIANS
    Don Byron, clarinet and bass clarinet
    Edsel Gomez, piano (4, 5)
    Joe Berkovitz, piano (8, 9)
    Greta Buck, violin (7)
    Bill Frisell, guitar (2, 4-6)
    Richie Schwarz, marimba (8)
    Lonnie Plaxico, bass (2, 4-6)
    Reggie Workman, bass (3, 7)
    Kenny Davis, electric bass (8)
    Ralph Peterson, Jr., drums (2, 4-6)
    Pheeroan akLaff, drums (7, 8)
    Sadiq, poet (8)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Arthur Moorhead
    Recorded November 1990 at Clinton Studios and July 1991 at Power Station, New York City
    Recording engineers: Jim Anderson, Gene Curtis
    Mixing engineers: Jim Anderson, Roger Moutenot
    Mixed at 39th Street Music, and Skyline Studios, New York City
    Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig

    All compositions by Don Byron, except track 6 by Duke Ellington, 8 by Robert Schumann

    Design by James Victore
    Cover photograph by Cori Wells Braun

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Wednesday, January 1, 1992 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79280

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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Wednesday, January 1, 1992 (All day)
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Artist Name: 
Don Byron
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UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597928020BUN
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0.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
603497077465
Price: 
9.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

“He can take you to a place you may have avoided and make you feel comfortable there”. The Wall Street Journal described the musical world of Don Byron this way with good reason: his clarinet is equally at home in the music of Ellington, Schubert, Messiaen and Mickey Katz. As a sideman and collaborator Byron has already established himself as “arguably the best young jazz clarinetist in the country” (WSJ) . Now, on “Tuskegee Experiments”, his solo debut recording on Nonesuch, Byron lays claim to being among the most inventive and compelling musicians of his generation.

Taking its title from experiments conducted on Black American men at Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute, Don Byron’s first solo recording features seven original jazz compositions, an Ellington arrangement, and a transcription of a Schumann song. With a core trio consisting of guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Lonnie Plaxico, and drummer Ralph Peterson, Byron offers a swinging, lyrical and totally individual representation of the jazz clarinet. The arc of the recording builds with the addition of players and intensity, climaxing with the title track and poetry by the Detroit-based writer Sadiq.

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Don Byron, clarinet and bass clarinet
Edsel Gomez, piano (4, 5)
Joe Berkovitz, piano (8, 9)
Greta Buck, violin (7)
Bill Frisell, guitar (2, 4-6)
Richie Schwarz, marimba (8)
Lonnie Plaxico, bass (2, 4-6)
Reggie Workman, bass (3, 7)
Kenny Davis, electric bass (8)
Ralph Peterson, Jr., drums (2, 4-6)
Pheeroan akLaff, drums (7, 8)
Sadiq, poet (8)

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Arthur Moorhead
Recorded November 1990 at Clinton Studios and July 1991 at Power Station, New York City
Recording engineers: Jim Anderson, Gene Curtis
Mixing engineers: Jim Anderson, Roger Moutenot
Mixed at 39th Street Music, and Skyline Studios, New York City
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig

All compositions by Don Byron, except track 6 by Duke Ellington, 8 by Robert Schumann

Design by James Victore
Cover photograph by Cori Wells Braun