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Byrd in Flight
Donald Byrd
Byrd in Flight
Genres: Jazz, Pop
  •  Track Listings (9) - Disc #1

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All Artists: Donald Byrd
Title: Byrd in Flight
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Release Date: 9/3/1996
Album Type: Limited Edition
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724385243523


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Outstanding, classic Blue Note
L. Chin | 07/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Before his foray into soul/electric funk, trumpeter Donald Byrd was a Blue Note staple, and arguably one of the finest trumpeters from the late 50s through the 60s, right up there with Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. This session is NO DOUBT one of Byrd's greatest performances, SPECTACULAR, intelligent, balanced, and eminently good end to end. Highest possible recommendation. Donald Byrd is underappreciated. This album should put to rest any doubts about power, and his contribution to the music."
First Class "Flight"
Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 09/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If "Byrd In Flight" is not Donald Byrd's best album as a leader, then it certainly is among them. I'm not much for Byrd's straight ahead jazz of the 50s (I'd give "Byrd In Hand" 3 stars if it was still available), and I'm definitely not a fan of his soul/funk jazz for Blue Note in the late 60s. However, this album is just classic, intelligent hard bop, and I see the reason for its success being twofold. First, there are great musicians. Jackie McLean and Hank Mobley alternate with Byrd in the frontline, and Reggie Workman and Doug Watkins switch off and on on bass. Duke Pearson (piano) and Lex Humphries (drums), along with Byrd of course, are the only musicians to play on all nine tracks, which were recorded during three different sessions in 1960. Second and most important is the strength and creativity of the album's original compositions, split evenly between Byrd and Pearson, with one song a standard. Generally Byrd was not a great writer but he must have been inspired by Pearson, the author of such classics as "Idle Moments." Byrd's "Ghana," with its afro-cuban flavored rhythms, and "Lex," for the drummer, are the album's standout tunes. This limited edition CD also features three bonus tracks that were not on the original vinyl. Get "Byrd In Flight" before it flies away."
This Byrd Doesn't Fly - He Soars
douglasnegley | Pittsburgh, Pa. United States | 09/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Donald Byrd is my second favorite mid-to-late 50s (and a little 60s) straight ahead trumpet player, right behind Diz, and ahead of Miles. This CD shows exactly why, although my favorite Byrd is on other leaders' recordings (he shows up on my top 2 straight ahead sessions of the period - namely the 1957 Red Garland Quintet "Soul Junction", "All Mornin' Long", and "High Pressure" sessions ..and Kenny Burrell's !956-57 New Year's marathon'"All Day" and "All Night" Long' sessions). This CD, though, is as close to flawless as it gets. Hank Mobley and Jackie McLean are strong while alternating next to a soaring Byrd - whose 2 tunes on the original LP: "Ghana", the opener, and "Lex - are fabulous, and Lex Humphries really impresses throughout the entire recording. Piano sideman Duke Pearson's tune "My girl Shirl" is a really smooth, catchy tune, and a great vehicle for McLean. Reggie Workman and Doug Watkins share the bass work - Watkins with Mobley(#1, 3, 4, 7-9), and Workman with McLean(#2, 5,6). Since Byrd 'flew away', musically, not that long after this from my tastes...Miles away, in fact, I cherish this CD along with the others mentioned above as some of the best and tasteful trumpet ever played. When people start to wax poetic about Miles, I always come back with one word. Byrd. And they always smile knowingly. "No," I tell them, "DONALD Byrd."