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Donald Byrd: First Flight (CD: Delmark)Donald Byrd: First Flight (CD: Delmark)
The names and musical reputations of Donald Byrd and Yusef are well known where ever jazz is played. When this live concert was recorded, in Detroit at the New World Stage, August 23, 1955, their fame had not yet reached the heights they now enjoy.

Donald Byrd may very well have been making his recorded debut at this concert. Although his style here is quite different and not as individually developed as his present one, it is full of exhuberance, swing, good taste, and very pure of sound. Byrd also emerged from the endless stream of talent that is Detroit, about the time this album was cut. Clifford Brown was the dominate trumpet voice at that time, and it is not difficult to hear Donald's fondness for that great musician. (Delmark records) 


Price:  £13.99 


Donald Byrd Sextet: Byrd Jazz (CD: Fresh Sound)
This Transition album features the concert the Donald Byrd Sextet gave in Detroit on August 23th, 1955 organized by the New Jazz Society, a group formed under the impetus of Kenny Burrell, one of the key influences in Detroit jazz.

In this concert Byrd gave notice that he would be a major jazzman. Playing with intense drive and cohesiveness, allied to relaxed authority and individual conception, the young trumpeter confirmed his much heralded potential, contributing some excellent soloing. Of the others, tenor Yusef Lateef, big-toned and muscular, swung vehemently, full of emotional force. Bernard McKinney, here on euphonium, was impressively inventive, while pianist Barry Harris, an influential adviser to many young Detroiters, was typically assured, strongly supported by bassist Alvin Jackson and drummer Frank Gant. (Fresh Sound Records) 


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Donald Byrd Sextet: Byrd Jazz (CD: Fresh Sound)


Donald Byrd: With Strings + Byrd Blows On Beacon Hill (CD: Phoenix Jazz)Donald Byrd: With Strings + Byrd Blows On Beacon Hill (CD: Phoenix Jazz)
The only album that Donald Byrd ever made with string accompaniment. Clare Fisher contributed all the arrangements for this gorgeous studio collaboration in 1957, but the record’s release was postponed for many years.

Donald Byrd (trumpet), Clare Fischer (piano), Julius Baker (flute), Romeo Penke (clarinet), Milt Hinton (bass) and Osie Johnson (drums) plus strings and woodwind. As a bonus the complete LP Byrd Blows on Beacon Hill, with Ray Santisi, piano; Doug Watkins, bass & Jimmy Zitano, drums. (Discovery Records) 


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Donald Byrd: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz presents four classic Donald Byrd albums, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD."Byrd’s Word"; "Byrd’s Eye View"; "All Night Long" and "Byrd Blows on Beacon Hill".

 


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Donald Byrd: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams: Motor City Scene (CD: Bethlehem/ Charly)Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams: Motor City Scene (CD: Bethlehem/ Charly)
From the late 50's to 1961, trumpeter Donald Byrd struck up a highly-successful musical partnership with baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, before his subsequent Blue Note recordings established him as a major jazz star. Featuring fine contributions from fellow Detroit soloists Kenny Burrell on guitar and Tommy Flanagan on piano, this highly-listenable session from 1960 captures these top-notch musicians at their best. The all-star line-up is completed by Paul Chambers on bass and Hey Lewis on drums. (Snapper Music) 


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Donald Byrd: Byrd In Hand (CD: Blue Note)
This hard-driving sextet session is one of the best Donald Byrd albums in his vast discography. The compositions of Byrd and Walter Davis swing hard and everyone plays with fire and imagination. (Blue Note Records) 


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Donald Byrd: Byrd In Hand (CD: Blue Note)


Donald Byrd: Fuego (Blue Note RVG- US Import)Donald Byrd: Fuego (Blue Note RVG- US Import)
The plaintive, though expressive, open horn of Byrd is caught beautifully alongside a young McLean on these cuts from 1959. There's a particularly classy blues outing here, 'Funky Mama'- a Byrd original- in which Duke Pearson does a Red Garland and 'Low Life', which catches McLean in fluent form, not to mention a solo from the leader which owes more than a little to Clifford Brown.  


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Donald Byrd: At The Half Note Cafe, Vol.1 (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)

Limited Edition, 180g Pressing. 


Price:  £21.99 

Donald Byrd: At The Half Note Cafe, Vol.1 (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Donald Byrd: The Cat Walk (CD: Blue Note RVG)Donald Byrd: The Cat Walk (CD: Blue Note RVG)
 


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Donald Byrd: Free Form (CD: Blue Note RVG)
 


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Donald Byrd: Free Form (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Donald Byrd: Royal Flush (CD: Blue Note RVG)Donald Byrd: Royal Flush (CD: Blue Note RVG)
 


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Donald Byrd: Royal Flush (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
One of Donald Byrd’s best recording dates which also marked the recording debut of Herbie Hancock.

Limited edition high-definition 180g vinyl stereo LP.  


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Donald Byrd: Royal Flush (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams Quintet with Herbie Hancock: Complete Live At Jorgie's 1961 (CD: Solar)Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams Quintet with Herbie Hancock: Complete Live At Jorgie's 1961 (CD: Solar)
This release contains all existing live performances by the Donald Byrd-Pepper Adams Quintet taped at Jorgie’s Club, St Louis, on June 24, 1961, and appearing on CD here for the first time ever.

The quintet featured Herbie Hancock on piano (both leaders had recently recorded the Blue Note album ‘Chant’ with the pianist, and would make the album ‘Royal Flush’ with him a few months later). The fifth title here is an extended trio version of “Like Someone in Love” on which both horns sit out. No other version of this tune by Hancock is known to exist. (Discovery Records) 


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Donald Byrd: A New Perspective (CD: Blue Note RVG)
'A New Perspective has remained popular and contains the seeds of Byrd's wider success in the 1970s: his own playing is set against large-scale scoring and the use of a choir.' (The Penguin Guide To Jazz) 


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Donald Byrd: A New Perspective (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Donald Byrd: A New Perspective (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Donald Byrd: A New Perspective (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)

Limited Edition, 180g Pressing. 


Price:  £21.99 


Donald Byrd: Slow Drag (CD: Blue Note RVG)
 


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Donald Byrd: Slow Drag (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Donald Byrd Quintet: Parisian Thoroughfare (CD: EmArcy Jazz In Paris)Donald Byrd Quintet: Parisian Thoroughfare (CD: EmArcy Jazz In Paris)
 


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Donald Byrd: Ethiopian Nights (CD: Blue Note)
 


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Donald Byrd: Ethiopian Nights (CD: Blue Note)


Donald Byrd: Street Lady (CD: Blue Note)Donald Byrd: Street Lady (CD: Blue Note)
 


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Donald Byrd: BlackByrd (CD: Blue Note- US Import)
 


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Donald Byrd: BlackByrd (CD: Blue Note- US Import)


Donald Byrd: The Best Of.. (CD: Blue Note)Donald Byrd: The Best Of.. (CD: Blue Note)
 


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Donald Byrd: Stepping Into Tomorrow (CD: Blue Note)
 


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Donald Byrd: Stepping Into Tomorrow (CD: Blue Note)


Donald Byrd: Places & Spaces (CD: Blue Note)Donald Byrd: Places & Spaces (CD: Blue Note)
This collaboration between Donald Byrd and Larry Mizell produced a whole new style of R&B rhythms, floating jazz elements above them. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £8.99 

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