The Troy Street Observer

Jaki Byard Quartet: Medley at Lennie’s

Cover of Jaki Byard album Live at Lennie's Vol 2
Live at Lennie’s, Vol 2 (Prestige 7477)

I wrote about the recordings made by the Jaki Byard Quartet at Lennie’s-on-the-Turnpike in an earlier post. To follow up, I’ve added an extended track from Volume 2 of Live! to my YouTube channel. I chose “Jaki’s Ballad Medley,” but as you’ll hear, Jaki was joking when he mentioned ballads. For some reason, though, the people at Prestige Records kept “Ballad” in the title.

Byard starts with a bit of his “European Episode,” and then works through “Tea for Two,” “Lover,” his own composition “Strolling Along,” “Cherokee,” and finally Frank Foster’s “Shiny Stockings.” Drummer Alan Dawson and bassist George Tucker acquit themselves admirably throughout. For me, though, the star is Joe Farrell on tenor, with two fine solos.

The Jaki Byard Quartet recorded the album on April 15, 1965—which, Lennie reminded me, was the night Havlicek stole the ball. You non-Bostonians will just have to follow the link to look that up.

Continue Reading