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Sylvester Kyner, 17 December 1932, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 20 March 1981, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Kyner made his first impact while still in his teens, playing alto saxophone with Barry Harris. This engagement spanned the end of the 40s and early 50s, and Kyner then spent a little while playing tenor saxophone before reverting to his first love, the alto. During the 50s he worked with several leading jazz musicians, including Frank Rosolino, Art Blakey, Curtis Fuller and Paul Quinichette. He recorded with some of these musicians and also under his own name. In succeeding decades he continued to work with bop musicians, including Donald Byrd, Kenny Dorham and Howard McGhee. A vigorous soloist with an inventive flair, Kyners recordings suggest that his reputation deserves reappraisal.