Billy Byers – Byers’ Guide (2019)

Billy Byers - Byers' Guide (2019)
Artist: Billy Byers
Album: Byers’ Guide
Label: Fresh Sound Records
Year Of Release: 2019
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

Tracklist:
1. Who’s Cool?
2. Byers’ Guide
3. Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe
4. Fingernails on the Windowpane
5. April’s Delight
6. Gin and Catatonic
7. Dialogue in F
8. Tribute to the West
9. I Found a Million Dollar Baby
10. Which One Is Sali

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So how good was Byers? He was exceptional. From his first recordings with Georgie Auld in 1949, Byers’s confident and supple ability on the trombone was remarkable and his arrangements were uniformly taut, hip and packed with punch. All three of his leadership albums—Billy Byers: Jazz Workshop (1955), Byers’ Guide (1956) and Impressions of Duke Ellington (1961)—remain tasty swingers.

This is certainly true of Byers’ Guide. The album was billed as a co-leader session with trumpeter Joe Newman. Recorded for the Concert Hall Society label and reissued by Jazztone Records, the sextet included Joe Newman (tp), Billy Byers (tb), Gene Quill (cl,as), Lou Stein (p), Milt Hinton (b) and Osie Johnson (d).

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