About the Artist
It’s hard to think of a jazz, Afro-Caribbean, or new music/classical genre upon which Don Byron, an immediately recognizable voice on clarinet, his primary instrument, has not placed his idiosyncratic, virtuosic stamp as an improviser and composer since he began recording at the cusp of the 1990s. Albums like Tuskegee Experiments, Bug Music, Music for Six Musicians, and A Fine Line: Arias and Lieder, are 1990s signposts of informed, erudite hybridity, as is A Ballad For Many, his 2006 collaboration with the Bang on A Can All-Stars. A student of pathbreaking jazz composer George Russell at New England Conservatory, and of the eminent clarinetists Leon Russianoff, Byron apprenticed in the orchestras of Mercer Ellington and Machito. He also appears on no small number of important out-of-the-box, end of the 20th century albums by Ralph Peterson, Uri Caine, Bill Frisell, Reggie Workman, Steve Coleman, Vernon Reid, Craig Harris, and Marilyn Crispell. His most recent project is a duo with Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz, documented on Random Dances and (A)Tonalities (Intakt).
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