Improvisations (Ran Blake & Jaki Byard album)

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Improvisations
Studio album by Ran Blake & Jaki Byard
Released 1981
Recorded May 25 & 26, 1981
Genre Jazz
Length 44:38
Label Soul Note
Producer Giovanni Bonandrini
Jaki Byard chronology
Family Man
(1978)
Improvisations
(1981)
To Them - To Us
(1981)
Ran Blake chronology
Film Noir
(1980)
Improvisations
(1981)
Duke Dreams
(1981)

Improvisations is an album of piano duets by the American jazz pianists Ran Blake and Jaki Byard recorded in 1981 and released on the Italian Soul Note label.[1]

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars stating "Because Byard (who can play credibly in virtually every jazz style) is highly flexible, he was able to meet Blake on his own terms and inspire him to play more extrovertedly than usual... In other words, this matchup works".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Ran Blake & Jaki Byard except as indicated
  1. "On Green Dolphin Street" (Bronislau Kaper, Ned Washington) - 6:06
  2. "Prelude" - 4:09
  3. "Chromatics" - 8:28
  4. "Wende" (Ran Blake) - 3:42
  5. "Tea for Two" (Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans) - 6:57
  6. "Victoria" (Greg Silberman) - 4:41
  7. "Sonata for Two Pianos" - 10:35
  • Recorded at Barigozzi Studio in Milano, Italy on May 25 & 26, 1981

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soul Note discography accessed July 12, 2011
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed July 12, 2011