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Photos in Black, White and Gray

  • 1. Aquarian Epoch
    2. Milton
    3. Safe at Home
    4. Acoustic Phenomenon
    5. Manhattan Valley
    6. Cliff Diving
    7. Riddle of the Sphinx
    8. A.T.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): srcd-00207

  • Credits
    ProducerLuke Kaven

    Composer: Chris Byars.
    Personnel: Chris Byars (alto saxophone); Sacha Perry (piano); Ari Roland (bass instrument); Andy Watson (drums).
    Born in 1970, saxophonist Chris Bryars is of the generation in jazz seeking the future by retracing the past, though not in any derivative or nostalgic fashion. A member of New York City's "bebop underground," Bryars channels the influences of under-appreciated past masters of hard bop, such as Gigi Gryce, Lucky Thompson, and Tadd Dameron. The first quartet recording session helmed by Bryars himself, PHOTOS is a fine showcase for his flair with small-group arrangements as well as a fresh, distinctive approach to tenor, alto, and soprano saxophone jazz.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.58) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[H]is empathy for under-appreciated soloists like Lucky Thompson and Gigi Gryce reveals a harmonic sophistication and a unique sense of time."
    JazzTimes (p.122) - "[A] hard-swinging bop date, an irresistible disc featuring material honed over nine years at New York's Smalls nightclub."
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