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4.0 out of 5 stars EARLY BYRD, 12 Aug. 2014
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Barry McCanna (Normandy, France) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Four Classic Albums (Byrd's Word / Byrd's Eye View / All Night Long / Byrd Blows On Beacon Hill) (Audio CD)
Donald Byrd (AMSC 1133) offers four early albums from this archetypal hard bop trumpeter, who was born in 1932 and recorded prolifically early on in his career. “Byrd’s Word” was recorded for Savoy in September 1955, and featured Frank Foster on tenor, Hank Jones on piano and Kenny Clarke on drums. “Byrd’s Eye View” was recorded for the short-lived Transition label in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA on December 2, 1955, with Joe Gordon on trumpet, Hank Mobley on tenor, Horace Silver on piano, Doug Watkins on bass and Art Blakey on drums. “Byrd Blows on Beacon Hill” was another Transition recording, dating from May 1956, with Ray Santisi on piano, Doug Watkins on bass and Jim Zitano on drums. “All Night Long” is the odd one out, recorded in December 1956 by the Prestige All Stars and released on the Prestige label, with Hank Mobley & Jerome Richardson on tenor sax, the latter doubling on flute, Kenny Burrell on guitar (the nominal leader), Mal Waldron on piano, Doug Watkins on bass and Arthur Taylor on drums. It received high praise, but I’d like to hear more of the leader’s guitar and less of Richardson’s flute. My own favourite is the Beacon Hill album where the quartet serves up a fare of jazz standards.
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