Now 72, Donald Byrd’s musical journey has been an eventful one – he’s travelled from bebop to hip-hop and alighted at most points in between. Even though he’s considered one of jazz-funk’s founding fathers and helped inspire the acid jazz movement of the late-‘80s, there are those that will argue passionately that Byrd was at his when best blowing in a hard bop band during the late-‘50s and early-‘60s. On hearing his outstanding playing on this CD, it’s really hard to disagree.
• Recorded in 1960 with fellow Detroit native Pepper Adams for the legendary Bethlehem label.
• Features top performances from Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers and Louis Hayes.
• Boasts extensive sleevenotes by Charles Waring (Mojo and Blues & Soul).