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Don Byron: Ivey-Divey

Over the last decade, Don Byron has dominated his instrument like no other reed player in jazz and he has been the musician most responsible for the return of the clarinet as an important solo vehicle. Yet his recording career as a leader has been uneven.

Byron has gotten caught up in various one-off improbable projects (klezmer bands, collaborations with rappers, Schu-mann and Puccini arias), and while he has always risen above them and discovered startling new cultural and musical juxtapositions, they have limited if not distorted his artistic development.

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