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

Jaki Byard Quartet Live!
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Live album by
Jaki Byard Quartet
RecordedApril 15, 1965
Lennie's On The Turnpike in West Peabody, Massachusetts
PR 7419 and PR 7477
Jaki Byard chronology
Out Front!
Jaki Byard Quartet Live!
The Last from Lennie's



Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide     [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 listingEdit

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 readingEdit

  • 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.)