Somehow Don Byas hasn’t ranked high as far as the value of his records are concerned, probably because he isn’t thought of as a bebop/post war player like Dexter Gordon per se (even though he helped create the idiom), and also because he didn’t record for Blue Note Records (as far as I know). Nevertheless, he was an outstanding tenor player-up there with Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, and the like. This David Stone Martin illustration has always been one of my favorites, and this particular piece is not found as frequently as other releases such as the Jazz At The Philharmonic series.

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