Monday, 4 April 2011

Donald Byrd ”Slow Drag” (FLAC - Rudy Van Gelder Remaster)

Donald Byrd

”Slow Drag”
( LP Blue Note Records, 1967 )
Catalog # BST 84292

{2002 BN Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC+CUE+LOG -> 258 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 92 Mb
Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 10 Mb
© 2002 Blue Note / Capitol | 7243 5 35560 2 0 | 24-bit Remaster

Slow Drag 9:40
Secret Love 3:50
Books Bossa 6:45
Jelly Roll 5:10
The Loner 6:10
My Deal 6:15

Donald Byrd (tp) Sonny Red (as)
Cedar Walton (p) Walter Booker (b)
Billy Higgins (d, vo)

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood
Cliffs, NJ, May 12, 1967

Slow Drag was one of trumpeter Donald Byrd's final hard bop dates. Teamed with altoist Sonny Red, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Billy Higgins (who takes a surprise vocal on the title cut), this quintet outing features originals by Byrd, Walton and Red along with the standards "Secret Love" and "My Ideal." The music in general finds Byrd looking both backwards toward the blues and forwards toward modal music and hints of the avant-garde. A fine effort.

Beautiful stuff — and one of the best Donald Byrd albums of the 60s! The album is a killer all the way through — recorded with a group that Byrd maintained for 2 years, one that featured Sonny Red on alto sax, Cedar Walton on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums — all of whom come together magnificently in a razor-sharp formation, mixing hardbop and soul jazz with an edge that you’ll hardly find on any of Byrd’s other albums from the time. A lot of the credit is due to Sonny Red — who plays with a raspy tone that’s odd for the alto, and which really draws out Byrd’s solo skills. Walton’s got a heavy left-handed approach that really hits some great grooves — and the team of Booker and Higgins leap lyrically, yet also throw just the right amount of funk into the rhythms. Includes the Blue Break classic “Jelly Roll”, the amazing jazz dancer “Book’s Bossa”, and the sublime “Slow Drag”, one of the strangest groovers you’ll ever hear!

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Anonymous said...

no pw required

E-mile said...

MFS Equipe, this looked like a must have, but to my surprise I did NOT!
So, thank for another Blue Note update [:-) a groovy set.
peace, E-mile

Andy said...

I am the same as E-mile,I was sure I had it but surprisingly did not,it's a cracking album,thanks Bill.

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