Jaki Byard Quartet Live!

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Jaki Byard Quartet Live!
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Live album by Jaki Byard Quartet
Released 1965
Recorded April 15, 1965
Lennie's On The Turnpike in West Peabody, Massachusetts
Genre Jazz
Length 76:03
Label Prestige
PR 7419 and PR 7477
Jaki Byard chronology
Out Front!
(1964)Out Front!1964
Jaki Byard Quartet Live!
The Last from Lennie's
(1966)The Last from Lennie's1966

Jaki Byard Quartet Live! is an album by pianist Jaki Byard recorded in 1965 and originally released on the Prestige label as two LPs and later reisued in 1992 as a single CD.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 stars[3]

Allmusic awarded the album 4½ stars with its review by Scott Yanow stating, "The set, recorded live at Lennie's-on-the-Turnpike in Massachusetts, is a superior outing for all of the players... Recommended".[2] Gary Giddins was also positive, and picked out "Twelve" from "the inspired quartet performances": "this piece has free episodes resolved by blues choruses, and Byard's comping is so vigorous that he makes the quartet sound like a larger band".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Jaki Byard except as indicated

  1. "Twelve" – 12:10 Originally released on Vol. 1
  2. "Denise" – 9:41 Originally released on Vol. 1
  3. "Thing What Is" (Alan Dawson) – 11:36 Originally released on Vol. 1
  4. "Broadway" (Billy Bird, Teddy McRae, Henri Woode) – 13:39 Originally released on Vol. 1
  5. "Alan's Got Rhythm" (Byard, Dawson) – 10:28 Originally released on Vol. 2
  6. "Cathy" (Joe Farrell) – 8:08 Originally released on Vol. 2
  7. "Bass-Ment Blues" – 11:18 Originally released on Vol. 2



  1. ^ Prestige Records discography accessed July 25, 2012
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott Allmusic Review, accessed July 25, 2012
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 35. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Giddins, Gary (1985) Rhythm-a-ning: Jazz Tradition and Innovation in the 1980s, p. 6. Oxford University Press.

Further reading[edit]

  • Monson, Ingrid (1996) Saying Something: Jazz Improvisation and Interaction. The University of Chicago Press. (Contains a detailed description and discussion of the performance of "Bass-Ment Blues" from this album.)