Thursday, 3 September 2009

Donald Byrd “Byrd In Flight”

Donald Byrd

Byrd In Flight
( LP Blue Note Records, 1960 )
Catalog # BLP 4048
** Also issued on Blue Note BST 84048, CDP 7243 8 52435-2

Tracklisting :
01 – Ghana
02 – Little Boy Blue
03 – Gate City
04 – Lex
05 – ‘Bo’
06 – My Girl Shirl

Personnel :
Donald Byrd Trumpet
Lex Humphries Drums
Jackie McLean Sax (Alto)
Hank Mobley Sax (Tenor)
Duke Pearson Piano
Doug Watkins Bass
Reggie Workman Bass

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 17, 1960, January 25, 1960, July 10, 1960.

Review :
Two separate dates are combined on this Blue Note album. Trumpeter Donald Byrd, pianist Duke Pearson and drummer Lex Humphries are heard in both quintets with either tenorman Hank Mobley or altoist Jackie McLean and Doug Watkins or Reggie Workman on bass. The consistently strong originals by Pearson and Byrd (”Little Boy Blue” is the lone standard) give this set its own personality and purpose. An excellent example of early ’60s hard bop.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

By Rob

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