Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Donald Byrd “Free Form”

Donald Byrd

Free Form
( LP Blue Note Records, 1961 )
Catalog # BLP 4118
**Also issued on Blue Note BST 84118, CDP 7 84118-2

Tracklisting & Notes:
01 Pentecostal Feelin’ [Byrd] 6:40
02 Night Flower [Byrd] 6:45
03 Nai Nai [Byrd] 6:35
04 French Spice [Byrd] 8:10
05 Free Form [Byrd] 11:08
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 11, 1961

Pepper Adams Sax (Baritone)
Donald Byrd Trumpet
Herbie Hancock Piano
Billy Higgins Drums
Wayne Shorter Sax (Tenor)
Butch Warren Bass

Review :
Trumpeter Donald Byrd was in his prime during the 1960s and this album finds him stretching the limits of hard bop. With the assistance of four other young forward-thinking musicians (tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Butch Warren, and drummer Billy Higgins), Byrd plays some of his more adventurous originals. High points include “Pentecostal Feeling,” Hancock’s ballad “Night Flower,” and the unpredictable “Free Form.” Highly recommended.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

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