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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Legend : Donald Byrd




b. 9th December 1932, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A

Donald Byrd captured the tenor of his times as did Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard. He studied music at Wayne State University, from which he received his bachelor's degree in 1954. He went on to receive a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music in the mid-'50's. At the same time, he recorded for the Prestige, Riverside, and Blue Note, and Savoy labels (among others), both as a leader and as a sideman.

Following stints with the likes of Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Sonny Rollins, Byrd co-led a band with the baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams from 1958-61. Byrd studied composition in Europe from 1962-63, then returned to the U.S., where he established himself as an academic, teaching at Rutgers, Howard University, and the Hampton Institute. Byrd received his law degree in 1976; he subsequently taught at North Carolina Central University. In 1982, he received his doctorate from Columbia Teachers College. Byrd continued to perform and record, releasing a number of fine straight-ahead Blue Note albums throughout the '60's.

In the '70's, his music took a decidedly commercial turn. During the early Seventies, Byrd put together a group of his students, forming a band whose title became based around his surname. The Blackbyrds. They recorded a string of successful chart singles which included the song 'Walking In Rhythm', an enormous pop hit both sides of the Atlantic. Byrd recorded a number of heavily produced, pop-oriented albums on which his horn was subjugated by disco-fied vocals and string sections.

Byrd worked alongside producers 'The Mizell Brothers' throughout this period with 'Places & Spaces' being considered his finest work at this time. In the '80's and '90's Byrd returned to his jazz roots, recording with peers such as Joe Henderson and Bobby Hutcherson, and with younger musicians like Kenny Garrett and Mulgrew Miller.

In 2001, Donald Byrd had become unwell.

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Discography
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Leader
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1955
  • Donald Byrd - Byrd Jazz (Transition TRLP 5)
  • Donald Byrd - Byrd's Word (Savoy MG 12032)
  • Donald Byrd Quartet And Quintet (Eros ERP 50067)
  • Donald Byrd - Byrd's Eye View (Transition TRLP 4) (MP3/FLAC)

1956
1957
1958
  • Donald Byrd - Byrd In Paris, Vol. 1 (Brunswick (F) 87 903)
  • Donald Byrd – Parisian Thoroughfare (Brunswick (F) 87 904) / FLAC
  • Donald Byrd Plays Au Chat - 0:15 (Jazz O.P. (F) OMS 7001/02)
  • Donald Byrd - Off To The Races (Blue Note BLP 4007) /FLAC/

1959

1960

1961

1962

1963

1964

1966

1967

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1978

1979

1981


1982

1987

1989
  • Donald Byrd - Getting Down To Business (Landmark LLP 1523)
  • Donald Byrd - Getting Down To Business (Landmark LCD 1523-2)

1991



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Sideman
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1947
  • Robert Barnes Sextet (Fortune 113)

1955

1956

1957

1958

1959

1960
  • Earl Zindars/Armando Peraza - The Soul Of Jazz Percussion (Warwick W 5003ST) [also released as Donald Byrd\Booker Little - The Third World]
  • Bunky Green - My Babe (Exodus EXS 6001)

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

1967

1977

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Resources


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25 comments:

Simon666 said...

Hi all, this post was lost - we don't know how. I found this version that had been copied on to another blog on July 18th, about two weeks ago.

Soooo .....
If you've given us some links or files since then, please re-submit them. Thanks to all!

Simon666 said...

Self-Science, I'll make notes here as I add things ...

Simon666 said...

WAVS added back for "Street Lady" (1973)

Simon666 said...

Link added back for :

SIDEMAN
1960
Donald Byrd & Booker Little - The Third World

Simon666 said...

...and finally :
added back the Bootleg section and linked the great 1973 bootleg from the Boston Jazz Workshop.

Okaaayyyy I have to do other stuff now, back soon ...

Vel_Kam, if you still have those FLAC links for "Electric Byrd" and "Ethiopian Knights", it would be great to get them back :)

Anonymous said...

Donald Byrd - Ethiopian Knights (1971) Repost
Flac
http://rapidshare.com/files/163807118/DB-EK.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/163808639/DB-EK.part2.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/163809506/DB-EK.part3.rar
Password: jazzclub

Donald Byrd - Electric Byrd (1970)
flac
http://rapidshare.com/files/81957863DoByrEleByr.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/81981406/DoByrEleByr.part2.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/82000087/DoByrEleByr.part3.rar

Password: jazzclub
thanks to site http://nnm.ru , here I find this great uploads,
Vel_Kam

Simon666 said...

Thanks vel_kam!
If you can see anything else missing that you may hae contributed in the last two weeks, let us know :)

Simon666 said...

New addition to Donald Byrd sideman discography :

Gene Harris - "Tone Tantrums" (1977)

This is an old Soulseek find @ 128k but sound quality is pretty good. Hoping someone can get a better version, but I thought I'd upload as it doesn't seem to be around. Great album form the Byrd funky period anyway :)

Simon666 said...

Thanks Gibson L5, much appreciated :)

Anonymous said...

Simon 666
Thanks a lot!!!
Before I've heried only"As",Esspesially glad to "Stranger in Paradise" - masterpiece feat of my
favourite russian opera Prince Igor of Borodin!!!

Vel_Kam

Simon666 said...

Glad you're enjoying it Vel_Kam :)

cheeba said...

Simon, the truth will out. You're solid, what more can I say?

Mundell Lowe - TV Action Jazz!

can be found here:

http://giveitaspin.blogspot.com/2009/05/more-crime-jazz.html


BTW, thanks for Tone Tantrums!

Simon666 said...

Thanks cheeba :)

drhotte said...

Here is "Harlem Blues" (CD-version):

http://rapidshare.de/files/48073277/123456.rar.html



drhotte

Simon666 said...

thanks drhotte!
much appreciated :)

Simon666 said...

Donald Byrd And 125th Street, N.Y.C. (Elektra) (1979)

New blog link added, the "My Jazz World" one had been deleted.

Anonymous said...

drhotte,Simon666 thanks for Harlem Blues...I've never heared it before...
Vel_Kam

Sly said...

Donald Byrd sideman:
1964:

Eric Dolphy - Naima
http://rapidshare.com/files/258706460/edn64_blaxjive.rar

Eric Dolphy - Unrealised Tapes
http://rapidshare.com/files/258708274/edut64_blaxjive.rar

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Fresh Sly

Sly said...

Donald Byrd sideman:
1963:

Hank Mobley - Straight No Filter (Limited Edition)
http://rapidshare.com/files/291619626/HMSNF1963_Blaxjive.rar

Sly said...

Donald Byrd - Harlem Blues (1987) alternate:
http://rapidshare.com/files/291633913/DBHB1987_Blaxjive.rar

Sly said...

Donald Byrd sideman
1957:

Kenny Drew - This Is New
http://rapidshare.com/files/291670572/thisisnew1957_blaxjive.rar

Simon666 said...

Thanks Sly! Looks like Self-Science has linked them up :)

FLAC links added :

# Up With Donald Byrd

# Kenny Burrell/Jimmy Raney - 2 Guitars

# Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams - Motor City Scene

FLAC link added to sideman discog :

# Paul Chambers - Whims Of Chambers

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