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Jaki Byard: A Matter of Black and White: Live at the Keystone Korner, Vol. 2

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There should at least be a plaque in the sidewalk to mark the spot where a great jazz club once stood. But jazz clubs like Keystone Korner in San Francisco don’t get markers. Even the Blackhawk, at the once famous corner of Turk and Hyde, is now just a parking lot.

The true memorials to clubs like Keystone Korner and artists like Jaki Byard are records like this one. As an archival document, it is imperfect. “Korner” is misspelled on the cover, the sound is cloudy and the CD booklet omits important information. Apparently these nine solo piano performances were culled from Byard’s trio gigs at Keystone Korner between 1978 and 1979. The precise history of this material is not clarified, including whether or not any of it has been released before.

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