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Don Byas March 20, 1960

Main Session Personnel
tenor saxophone
bass
drums
# Tracks Playtime Issue Variance from Main Session Personnel
1 Blues in the Closet (Don Byas led) 00:00:01 Hans Koller (tenor saxophone)
2 Cello for Cello Twins 00:00:01 (cello), (omit)
3 Blues It 00:00:01 Oscar Pettiford (cello)
4 Indiana 00:00:01
5 Blues in the Closet (Oscar Pettiford led) 00:00:01 Hans Koller (tenor saxophone)
genre: Swing, mainstream
Recording Date: 
1960-03-20
Leader(s): 
Don Byas
Leader(s): 
Oscar Pettiford
Skill/instrument: 
tenor saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
bass
Skill/instrument: 
drums
Personnel: 
Don Byas
Personnel: 
Oscar Pettiford
Personnel: 
Kenny Clarke
Ensemble Size: 
quartet
Venue Type: 
radio broadcast
Venue Location: 
Berlin, Germany
Session Details: 

Lordisco and Bruyninckx both do a funny thing here where one track "Blues in the closet" is listed as being a unique session led by Don Byas in Berlin on 3/20/1960, but that the subsequent four tracks (including what must be interpreted as a second take of the song Blues in the Closet) are listed uniquely as sessions led by Oscar Pettiford on 3/20/1960. It doesn't seem clear why this is a helpful distinction. If somebody wants to find the session where these four musicians got together and played these songs, they would want to find it in one place. I have therefore listed both Pettiford and Byas as the leaders on this session. Just know, as I mentioned that Blues in a Closet was apparently led by Byas, while the other four tracks are led by Pettiford. The strange thing, however, is Blues in the Closet is listed in Byas' "session" with all four players. In Pettiford's "session" it is the last track, and Koller is listed as being added, since he was not on the other tracks. Does this definitely mean that they recorded two versions of that song? I am assuming so, but maybe I am misinterpreting it.  -JS

Sources: 
lordisco.org, worldcat, bruyninckx