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Don Byron: Range and Vision

Don Byron
Don Byron
Don Byron

One of the broadest minded musicians in modern music is, of all things, a purveyor of the neglected clarinet. From Raymond Scott to Biz Markie-talk about leaping tall buildings in a single bound! But that’s Don Byron, perpetually eager to go there if it presents the proper challenge or provocation. Byron’s discography ranges from his Bug Music interpretations of Scott’s cartoon soundtracks, John Kirby, and

early Ellington to Biz Markie’s around-the-way onomatopoetic on Nu Blaxploitation within a seeming blink of an eye. In between he’s tackled Mickey Katz klezmer, visited Tuskegee and been righteously outraged at those infamous medical experiments, traveled south to Afro-Caribbeana, and swung his band to the No-Vibe Zone. And we’re only talking about seven years of discographical evidence here!

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