SCCD 31773 Chris Byars “Jasmine Flower”
Chris Byars saxophone/composer/arranger leads his group in various formats including a quintet as in this album with guest instrumentalists (his father James Byars on English horn and his fiancée Mine Sadrazam on piano). Chris could be dubbed “Jazz Ambassador” conducting cultural exchange programs in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Balkans for the U.S. Department of State since 2007.
While his previous three albums were highly creative tributaries to jazz’s true heroes: Freddie Redd, Lucky Thompson and Gigi Gryce, this new album is a superb collection of Chris’s original compositions many of which are depicting diverse cultures of the world.
“… Byars’ treatment of these songs will help attract more artists and listeners to Lucky's work. Until then, consider yourself lucky to enjoy this excellent release .”
(Ken Hohman – Freedom Jazz Dance on Lucky Strikes Again SCCD )
1. Shhh…. It's A Library (Chris Byars)
2. Say You'll Stay (Chris Byars)
3. Mustang (Chris Byars)
4. I Know It's You (Chris Byars)
5. Jasmin Flower (Chris Byars)
6. Lucky Swing (Chris Byars)
7. The Wind On The Bridge (Chris Byars)
8. Rose Water (Chris Byars)
9. Bye, Sandy (Chris Byars)
10. Song From Morocco (Chris Byars)