Jazz is a musical genre that is all about experimentation and boundary pushing. This 1963 recording from trumpeter Donald Byrd is an example of how this approach leads to some great music.
Not content with just sticking to the bop style, he uses influences from gospel, soul and blues to weave some adventurous musical soundscapes that are accessible to a range of listeners, and not just for the hardened jazz nut. The use of a gospel choir is an inspired touch, it adds a whole new layer of depth and colour to the traditional bop sound. It's classy and classic.
The Rudy Van Gelger edition is a bit of a treat. The remastering, to my ear, is sympathetic and well done. The sound is clear, rich and full on my stereo.
A good solid 4 stars.