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Byron, Don / Ivey-Divey
Album:Ivey-Divey Collection:Jazz
Artist:Byron, Don Added:10/2004
Label:Blue Note 

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Album Review
Ben
Reviewed 2004-10-14 
Don Byron – Ivey-Divey

Clarinetist Byron is back with a throwback album commemorating the early solo Lester Young albums alongside the modal fusion of Miles Davis. The result is engaging, though things get a little pedestrian in some of the more modern parts. Byron has a sweet, fat clarinet tone, perfect for a nice Lester Young sound, and DeJohnette drives things along nicely. I’m not a big fan of Moran, and he seems to be holding back the old school tunes, though he holds his own on the Miles stuff.
The soloing here is excellent, but for some reason the album as a whole didn’t click for me (unlike the fantastic “Bug Music” album). But be sure not to miss their excellent arrangement of “In a Silent Way”.. worth the price of admission!

1. Subdued clarinet leads the swing
*2. Extremely laid-back swing
*3. Pretty, slow blues
*4. Swing builds nicely to powerful solos
5. Plaintive bluesy hymn
*6. Nice easygoing shuffle
7. Modern sounding modal swing
8. Fluttery clarinet leads to laid back solos
*9. Hard modern funky sound
10. Decent rendition of this chestnut with some nice solos
**11. Cool funky combo version of M Davis classic
*12. Swing devolves into chaos (a true alternate take. nice!)

Ben B 10/7/04

Track Listing
1.I Want to Be Happy 7.Abie the Fishman
2.Somebody Loves Me 8.Lefty Teachers at Home
3.I Cover the Waterfront 9.Leopold, Leopold
4.I've Found a New Baby 10.Freddie Freeloader
5.Himm 11.In a Silent Way
6.The Goon Drag 12.Somebody Loves Me (Alt.)