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Don Byron Prepares For New Album, Tour

Clarinetist Don Byron will release his fifth Blue Note album, Ivey-Divey, on September 21. Ivey-Divey finds Byron (pictured) in a trio with pianist Jason Moran and drummer Jack DeJohnette. The album’s title is an old jazzbo term coined and used mostly by saxophonist Lester Young-“Dig it, man, ivey-divey.” Its definition is loose. Byron used Young’s 1946 recording with Nat “King” Cole and Buddy Rich, The Lester Young Trio, as inspiration and a sort of blueprint for his new album, hence the bass-less band.

On the album Byron and Co. tackle four Young tunes, including “I Want to Be Happy” and “I Cover the Waterfront,” plus a couple of Miles Davis compositions and some originals. And on some of the album’s non-Young songs feature a bigger band. Bassist Lonnie Plaxico on five tracks, and trumpeter Ralph Alessi shows up on two.

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