As reedman Michael Marcus so readily discovered, pianist Jaki Byard can be a most agreeable and most challenging duo mate. Add cellist David Eyges to the list of those who’ve found Byard to be a compatible partner. Perhaps it’s the wealth of musicological knowledge the wise one brings to the piano keyboard, or perhaps it’s his encyclopedic storehouse of jazz piano styles. Whatever the case, Jaki Byard has long been a black music renaissance man of the piano, as evidenced by his comfort level whether it’s ragtime or no time he’s faced with.
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