Thursday, 3 September 2009

Donald Byrd With John Jenkins “Star Eyes”

Donald Byrd With John Jenkins

Star Eyes
( LP Savoy Records, 1957 )
Catalog # SJL 1114

A1 Rockaway
A2 Star Eyes
B1 Honeylike
B2 Darn That Dream
B3 Orpheus

Donald Byrd, Trumpet
Curtis Fuller, Trombone
John Jenkins, Sax (Alto)
Tommy Flanagan, Piano
Doug Watkins, Bass
Art Taylor, Drums
Recorded in NYC, September 10, 1957

This LP has the feel of a jam session. Trumpeter Donald Byrd co-led the date with the Charlie Parker-influenced altoist John Jenkins; their sidemen were trombonist Curtis Fuller, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Doug Watkins and drummer Art Taylor. Although the other musicians play well, it is for Jenkins’ playing that this date is most highly recommended for he did not make that many sessions before dropping out of music. Jenkins contributed three originals to this date (highlighted by the long blues “Rockaway”) which alternate with fine versions of the standards “Star Eyes” and “Darn That Dream.” This is an excellent album that deserves to be reissued on CD.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

By Rob

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