Steve Futterman
May 16, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Big Byrd

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Ahmad Jamal
genre
Jazz

We gave it a B

Pianist Ahmad Jamal, long one of jazz’s most unpredictable players, sounds a bit too mild in Big Byrd for his own good, but he’s given a boost from the excellent, if overlooked, violinist Joe Kennedy Jr. and noted trumpeter Donald Byrd, who guest on one track each. With a player like Jamal, politeness, it seems, can be a detriment. B

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