Donald Byrd Off To The Races (1958)

Blue Note
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  • 1. lover come back to me
  • 2. when your love has gone
  • 3. sudwest funk
  • 4. paul's pal
  • 5. off to the races
  • 6. down tempo

Donald Byrd was no stranger to Blue Note sessions by December 1958 when this album was made, but this was his first for the label as a leader and the beginning of a relationship that lasted until 1976. For the occasion, the trumpeter brought in two of his closest associates, Jackie McLean and Pepper Adams. Like all Blue Note sessions, the rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones and Art Taylor is first-rate. The material, mostly from Donald Byrd’s pen, is prime hard-bop.