Reviews of Yard Byard

  • Willard Jenkins, Open Sky & The Independent Ear

    “Yard Byard is a cooperative ensemble wonderfully based on a quirky body of work which in their capable hands proves extremely viable, the compositions of the late master musician and teacher Jaki Byard. What an inspiration, why didn’t someone think of this before?… This has to go down as one of my favorite new band sightings of the year.”

    - Willard Jenkins, Open Sky & The Independent Ear
  • Nate Chinen, New York Times

    “The music was all Byard’s, played lovingly and a bit loosely…Most of the songs in the first set were fine examples of standard form gone just slightly haywire. The absence of a pianist in the group is good strategy…”

    - Nate Chinen, New York Times
  • Jim Macnie, Village Voice

    “This Jaki Byard repertory outfit was impressive in the way they gave props to both the wily pianist’s serious and silly sides. Whimsy was part of the maestro’s swinging approach, and flautist Jamie Baum and saxophonist Adam Kolker capture that vibe while dropping some very hip solos.”

    - Jim Macnie, Village Voice