DONALD BYRD

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Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II (December 9, 1932 – February 4, 2013) was an American jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter. A sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, Byrd was best known as one of the only bebop jazz musicians who successfully pioneered the funk and soul genres while simultaneously remaining a jazz artist.

Byrd attended Cass Technical High School. He performed with Lionel Hampton before finishing high school. After playing in a military band during a term in the United States Air Force, he obtained a bachelor's degree in music from Wayne State University and a master's degree from Manhattan School of Music. While still at the Manhattan School, he joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, as replacement for Clifford Brown. In 1955, he recorded with Jackie McLean and Mal Waldron. After leaving the Jazz Messengers in 1956, he performed with many leading jazz musicians of the
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DONALD BYRD Byrd's Word (aka Long Green: The Savoy Sessions) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Byrd's Word (aka Long Green: The Savoy Sessions)
Hard Bop 1956
DONALD BYRD All Night Long (with Kenny Burrell) album cover 4.50 | 3 ratings
All Night Long (with Kenny Burrell)
Hard Bop 1956
DONALD BYRD Byrd Blows on Beacon Hill album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Byrd Blows on Beacon Hill
Hard Bop 1956
DONALD BYRD Don Byrd - Gigi Gryce : Jazz Lab album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Don Byrd - Gigi Gryce : Jazz Lab
Hard Bop 1957
DONALD BYRD Modern Jazz Perspective (with Gigi Gryce) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Modern Jazz Perspective (with Gigi Gryce)
Hard Bop 1957
DONALD BYRD Off To The Races album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Off To The Races
Hard Bop 1959
DONALD BYRD Fuego album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Fuego
Hard Bop 1959
DONALD BYRD Byrd in Hand album cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
Byrd in Hand
Hard Bop 1959
DONALD BYRD Byrd in Flight album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Byrd in Flight
Hard Bop 1960
DONALD BYRD Royal Flush album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Royal Flush
Hard Bop 1961
DONALD BYRD Free Form album cover 3.13 | 6 ratings
Free Form
Hard Bop 1962
DONALD BYRD The Cat Walk album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
The Cat Walk
Hard Bop 1962
DONALD BYRD And Then Some album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
And Then Some
Hard Bop 1962
DONALD BYRD A New Perspective album cover 3.69 | 9 ratings
A New Perspective
Hard Bop 1963
DONALD BYRD Up With Donald Byrd album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Up With Donald Byrd
Soul Jazz 1964
DONALD BYRD I'm Tryin' to Get Home album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
I'm Tryin' to Get Home
Soul Jazz 1965
DONALD BYRD Body & Soul album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Body & Soul
Hard Bop 1965
DONALD BYRD Mustang! album cover 2.83 | 3 ratings
Mustang!
Hard Bop 1966
DONALD BYRD Blackjack album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Blackjack
Hard Bop 1967
DONALD BYRD Slow Drag album cover 3.41 | 2 ratings
Slow Drag
Hard Bop 1967
DONALD BYRD Fancy Free album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Fancy Free
Funk Jazz 1969
DONALD BYRD Electric Byrd album cover 2.99 | 8 ratings
Electric Byrd
Fusion 1970
DONALD BYRD Ethiopian Knights album cover 4.21 | 10 ratings
Ethiopian Knights
Funk Jazz 1972
DONALD BYRD Black Byrd album cover 3.63 | 6 ratings
Black Byrd
Funk Jazz 1973
DONALD BYRD Street Lady album cover 3.11 | 4 ratings
Street Lady
Funk Jazz 1973
DONALD BYRD Stepping Into Tomorrow album cover 3.04 | 5 ratings
Stepping Into Tomorrow
Funk Jazz 1975
DONALD BYRD Places and Spaces album cover 4.50 | 3 ratings
Places and Spaces
Funk Jazz 1975
DONALD BYRD Caricatures album cover 3.07 | 3 ratings
Caricatures
Funk Jazz 1976
DONALD BYRD Thank You ... For F.U.M.L (Funking Up My Life) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Thank You ... For F.U.M.L (Funking Up My Life)
Funk Jazz 1978
DONALD BYRD And 125th Street, N.Y.C. album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
And 125th Street, N.Y.C.
Funk Jazz 1979
DONALD BYRD Chant album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Chant
Hard Bop 1979
DONALD BYRD The Creeper album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Creeper
Hard Bop 1981
DONALD BYRD Love Byrd album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Byrd
RnB 1981
DONALD BYRD Words, Sounds, Colors and Shapes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Words, Sounds, Colors and Shapes
RnB 1982
DONALD BYRD September Afternoon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
September Afternoon
Hard Bop 1982
DONALD BYRD Harlem Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Harlem Blues
Post Bop 1988
DONALD BYRD Getting Down To Business album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Getting Down To Business
Funk Jazz 1989
DONALD BYRD A City Called Heaven album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A City Called Heaven
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1991
DONALD BYRD Kofi album cover 4.38 | 4 ratings
Kofi
Funk Jazz 1995
DONALD BYRD Winterset album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Winterset
Hard Bop 1999
DONALD BYRD The Transition Sessions (with Doug Watkins) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Transition Sessions (with Doug Watkins)
Hard Bop 2002
DONALD BYRD Au Chat Qui Pêche 1958 (Feat. Bobby Jaspar) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Au Chat Qui Pêche 1958 (Feat. Bobby Jaspar)
Hard Bop 2004
DONALD BYRD Jazz In Camera (with Barney Wilen) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz In Camera (with Barney Wilen)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2012

DONALD BYRD EPs & splits

DONALD BYRD Love Has Come Around / I Feel Like Loving You Today album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Has Come Around / I Feel Like Loving You Today
RnB 2018

DONALD BYRD live albums

DONALD BYRD Byrd's Eye View album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Byrd's Eye View
Hard Bop 1955
DONALD BYRD Byrd Jazz (aka First Flight) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Byrd Jazz (aka First Flight)
Hard Bop 1956
DONALD BYRD Byrd in Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Byrd in Paris
Hard Bop 1958
DONALD BYRD Parisian Thoroughfare album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Parisian Thoroughfare
Hard Bop 1958
DONALD BYRD Donald Byrd at the Half Note Cafe, Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Donald Byrd at the Half Note Cafe, Vol. 1
Hard Bop 1960
DONALD BYRD At the Half Note Cafe, Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At the Half Note Cafe, Volume 2
Funk Jazz 1960
DONALD BYRD Byrd at the Gate album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Byrd at the Gate
Hard Bop 1963
DONALD BYRD Jorgie's Hip-Intertainment: Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jorgie's Hip-Intertainment: Volume 1
Hard Bop 1981
DONALD BYRD Donald Byrd Plays Au Chat - 0:15 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Donald Byrd Plays Au Chat - 0:15
Hard Bop 1983

DONALD BYRD demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

DONALD BYRD re-issues & compilations

DONALD BYRD The Jazz Message Avec Donald Byrd album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jazz Message Avec Donald Byrd
Hard Bop 1958
DONALD BYRD Donald Byrd - Hank Mobley - Kenny Drew : Hard Bop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Donald Byrd - Hank Mobley - Kenny Drew : Hard Bop
Hard Bop 1960
DONALD BYRD The Third World (with Booker Little) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Third World (with Booker Little)
Hard Bop 1972
DONALD BYRD Early Byrd (with Gigi Gryce) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Early Byrd (with Gigi Gryce)
Hard Bop 1973
DONALD BYRD Donald Byrd & Gigi Gryce : Xtacy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Donald Byrd & Gigi Gryce : Xtacy
Hard Bop 1974
DONALD BYRD Long Green album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Long Green
Hard Bop 1976
DONALD BYRD Donald Byrd's Best album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Donald Byrd's Best
Funk Jazz 1976
DONALD BYRD Donald Byrd With Herbie Hancock ‎: Takin' Care Of Business album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Donald Byrd With Herbie Hancock ‎: Takin' Care Of Business
Hard Bop 1976
DONALD BYRD Donald Byrd - John Jenkins : Star Eyes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Donald Byrd - John Jenkins : Star Eyes
Hard Bop 1978
DONALD BYRD Groovin' for Nat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Groovin' for Nat
Hard Bop 1989
DONALD BYRD At the Half Note Cafe, Volume 1 & 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At the Half Note Cafe, Volume 1 & 2
Funk Jazz 1990
DONALD BYRD The Best of Donald Byrd album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Donald Byrd
Funk Jazz 1992
DONALD BYRD Early Bird: the Best of the Jazz Soul Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Early Bird: the Best of the Jazz Soul Years
Hard Bop 1993
DONALD BYRD Blue Breakbeats album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blue Breakbeats
Funk Jazz 1998
DONALD BYRD Donald Byrd & Booker Little ‎: The Third World album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Donald Byrd & Booker Little ‎: The Third World
Hard Bop 2000
DONALD BYRD Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams : The Complete Blue Note Studio Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams : The Complete Blue Note Studio Sessions
Hard Bop 2000
DONALD BYRD Timeless album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Timeless
Hard Bop 2002
DONALD BYRD Birdhouse album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Birdhouse
Hard Bop 2002
DONALD BYRD Donald Byrd & Gigi Gryce - Complete Jazz Lab Studio Sessions #2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Donald Byrd & Gigi Gryce - Complete Jazz Lab Studio Sessions #2
Hard Bop 2006
DONALD BYRD Donald Byrd Sextet With Yusef Lateef & Barry Harris: Complete Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Donald Byrd Sextet With Yusef Lateef & Barry Harris: Complete Recordings
Hard Bop 2008
DONALD BYRD Complete Live at the Olympia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Live at the Olympia
Funk Jazz 2010
DONALD BYRD Complete Live At Jorgie's 1961 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Live At Jorgie's 1961
Hard Bop 2012
DONALD BYRD Don't Worry Be Jazzy By Donald Byrd album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Don't Worry Be Jazzy By Donald Byrd
Hard Bop 2013
DONALD BYRD Donald Byrd & Kenny Burrell : All Night Long + All Day Long album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Donald Byrd & Kenny Burrell : All Night Long + All Day Long
Hard Bop 2014
DONALD BYRD Love Has Come Around: Elektra Records Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Has Come Around: Elektra Records Anthology
RnB 2017

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DONALD BYRD Street Lady

Album · 1973 · Funk Jazz
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This record is a lot of fun; it's extremely listenable for the first few plays and its undeniably catchy at many times. However, after the first few euphoric listens, the shimmer wears away and the record starts to fall flat. Lansana's Priestess is the star track undoubtedly and is ultimately the only essential song on the album.

Street Lady is pretty easily described as jazz disco and Lansana's Priestess is a great example of the two opposed genres melding together into something fresh and exciting. The guitar is funky and crisp, the flute and synthesizer are pastoral and Donald Byrd does a fair bit of improvisation. However, the record as a whole is a bit mind numbing and an unfortunate harbinger of bloodless over produced jazz pop of the later 70's. Don't mistake this for harsh criticism, it is meant only to be honest. As a background or party album, it's tremendous. But it's not an album that warrants repeated intensive listening.

Play this album for your friends or while working out. It's got a lot of pep and won't drag anyone's mood down.

DONALD BYRD Electric Byrd

Album · 1970 · Fusion
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js
Just as psychedelics had swept through the world of rock-n-roll in the 60s, it also eventually influenced the world of jazz too, albeit a few years later. This mixture of jazz fusion and psychedelia sometimes resulted in some interesting music, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock in particular were able to use electronic effects to enhance their early 70s albums, but then there were albums by other artists that were proof that all the electro gizmos in the world could not save mediocre music. In fact, if the artist was leaning too heavily on the electronic effects to save his album, that only made such effects all the more cheezy and annoying, which brings us to Donald Byrd’s unfortunate “Electric Byrd”. The album title alone lets you know that they are hoping the word ‘electric’ will help sell the album.

Donald Byrd came on strong in the late 50s as a rising star in the world of hard bop. He cut records with some of the best, including Quincy Jones, Phil Woods, Herbie Hancock, Pepper Adams and many more. As the earning power of jazz began to dwindle, Byrd spent the rest of his career involved more in RnB, dance, pop and fusion, whatever helped pay the bills. So it came to pass in 1970 that Miles Davis got a huge promotional push from Columbia for his “Bitches Brew” album, and the dollars came rolling in. Not to be outdone, Byrd bought himself an echo machine, plugged in his trumpet and recorded “Electric Byrd“, but he forgot an important step, writing some memorable material that’s worth recording.

The opening track on “Electric Byrd” is probably the best track on the album. Here we have a laid back African groove that sounds like a cross between Sun Ra and Lonnie Liston Smith, and the effects are not too overbearing. It’s the second, and closing track on this side where things go very wrong. Here we have Ron Carter walking the bass over a simple two chord blues vamp. This is the kind of music musicians play late at night when they are too tired to play a real song. Also, walking the bass is a great technique, but it sounds like a total anachronism against all the needless psychedelic effects. In among the ‘go nowhere solo noodling’, some sax player starts shrieking, but it seems more out of boredom and frustration than inspiration. The drummer tries to go into double time, but its too late, the others have nodded off, or just don’t care anymore.

Side two opens with echoed trumpet screams that sound like a direct rip of “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down”. This track recovers for a bit with a nice Latin melody and groove from Airto, but then someone starts messing with the echo on the electric piano and the rhythm gets swamped with sludgy echo syrup. Closing track, “The Dude”, cans all the effects and goes for a decent funky soul jazz riff in a style that Byrd will be picking up soon after he ditches all the psychedelic crap. Its an okay track, but it seems like an odd fit with the other three cuts, possibly it was originally meant for a different album.

There are some okay moments on here, particularly opener “Estavanico”, but much of the rest of this album is best appreciated as hippie kitsch from an age of not-so-innocent indulgence.

DONALD BYRD Stepping Into Tomorrow

Album · 1975 · Funk Jazz
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Rokukai
It's more of the same r&bish jazz from the pen of Donald Byrd and the production team of Larry and Fonce Mizell.

Individually, the material on this record is OK. Collectively, the songs have little spark. Of course the musicianship is outstanding, but there is little territory tread here that Byrd hadn't trode. The melodies aren't particularly memorable and there is a large amount of filler. Compared to Street Lady, Black Byrd, Places and Spaces, and even Caricatures this music is boring. The second side is dispensable--unless your dentist office wants it.

This is a two star record for me, but I'll bump it up half a star because "Think Twice" is an all time Byrd classic and another half a star because it's Donald Byrd teamed with the Mizell Brothers, the funkiest men in the room.

DONALD BYRD A New Perspective

Album · 1963 · Hard Bop
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darkprinceofjazz
I was thumbing through my Blue Note Vinyl collection the other day, and I ran across a sealed copy of Donald Byrd's A new Perspective, I don't even remember buying it, so I went ahead and broke the seal, It turned out to be a Mid 70's reissue Blue Note, the dark blue label with the black lower case b, I didn't even realize this was his chorus album, I have heard "Cristo Redentor", but not the rest of the music, I am a fan of Max Roach's It's Time and Andrew Hill's Lift Every Voice, Those albums have an avant garde feel and seem much more interesting to me, In fact, throughout this album, I felt as if the chorus got in the way a bit, I kept wishing the music would heat up a bit more, it never really does, If I was going to recommend a Donald Byrd starting point, this wouldn't be it, a rather average "not bad" overall effort in my opinion, I would much rather listen to any of the Byrd albums with Pepper Adams instead.

DONALD BYRD Caricatures

Album · 1976 · Funk Jazz
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Donald Byrd’s career followed a trajectory similar to other artists who came up in the 60s, starting with hard bop and then moving through fusion, funk jazz and finally disco jazz. “Caricatures” is a little too funky for disco, but a little too disco to be funk jazz, an album in transition, it falls right between these two trends in 70s jazz. Heavily influenced by Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking “Man-Child” album, the funk on “Caricatures” is tight and clean with an emphasis on a crisp compressed sound with lots of carefully placed orchestrated small interlocking rhythm parts. The difference being that Herbie quite wisely avoided the cliché disco-lite repeating vocal choruses that make “Caricatures” sound a lot more commercial and weakens what could have been a decent funk jazz album. If you don’t mind the vocals, then this is a nice funky dance album with lots of great solos from Byrd as well as an all-star cast of saxophone players.

There are a couple cuts where Byrd limits the singers and channels some of the great fusion he created in the early 70s. “Science Function” is a great piece of future-funk psychedelia with lots of analog synthesizer leads and a driving wah wah guitar. “Onward Til Morning” has a nice orchestrated melody and excellent sax leads, possibly from Gary Bartz or Ernie Watts. Overall this is a decent retro 70s slick party record with a highly polished sound, excellent musicianship and great solos spread liberally throughout.

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