Donald Byrd RIP. Byrd’s nephew has reported his uncle Donald Byrd’s death, though it has yet to be confirmed. Byrd was said to have died earlier this week, on Monday 4th February, 2013, at the age of 80, at his home in Delaware. He joins Dave Brubeck, and no doubt more players this year, in the burgeoning ranks of the Next Life Jazz Orchestra.
Track Selection: Say You’re Mine (Pearson)
Donald Byrd (t) Pepper Adams (bars) Duke Pearson (p) Laymon Jackson (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 2, 1961
Pepper Adams! Bari! Blue Note! More shriekmarks!!
Donald Byrd Selected Chronolgy: Byrd’s Eye View (1955); Off To The Races (1958); Byrd In Hand (1959); Fuego (1959); Byrd In Flight (1960); At The Half Note Cafe (1960); The Cat Walk (1960); Royal Flush (1961); Free Form (1961); A New Perspective (1963); I’m Tryin’ To Get Home (1964); Mustang! (1966); Blackjack (1967)…
An interesting quintet setting in which Byrd’s sleek and burnished trumpet is paired with Adams’ dry husky baritone, a perfect counterpoint, with Duke Pearson’s rich melodic structures powered along effortlessly by Philly Joe and Laymon Jackson.
The album is very much in the mould of the earlier Byrd in Hand.
The baritone always puts me in mind of the throaty roar of a Ferrari engine at the starting line. Adams pulls acrobatic yet eloquent runs from the beast, with off-balance twists and turns, negotiating the full range of the powerful instrument, through to the finishing line. Vroom vroom!
Vinyl: BLP 4075 NY RVG ears nDG
Usual great sound of NY mono originals. Laminated cover, sharp corners, a delight.
Sellers Description: “Very rare Donald Byrd The Cat Walk on Original Blue Note 4075 Mono New York Address with R under E. RVG and ear in dead wax on both sides
COVER: Front is in very good condition with nice sheen. A little laminate peeling to the opening of cover. Spine is clean on all 3 sides. Small dink on bottom left. And small mark on top spine(see pics). Back cover is in great condition except for a loss of lamination above title, but does not deter from still being a great condition cover. Overall 8.5/10 VINYL: Vinyl is of good lustre, with surface marks that do not affect play.Label on side 1 has a little discolour from glue holding label Side 2 is excellent. Overall 8/10 Great LP and very hard to find in this condition!!!”