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Dexter Gordon / Donald Byrd – The Berlin Studio Session 1963 – The Lost Recordings 180g Vinyl

180-gram 45 RPM Remastered from the original analogue tapes New tip-on gatefold jacket printed in Italy Pressed by Marciac Workshop Pressings, France 16-bit album download included
By 1963, Dexter Gordon and Donald Byrd had become two of the leading lights of the Blue Note label, a gleaming showcase and an experimental laboratory for the evolutions and revolutions taking place in the small world of Afro-American jazz stemming from hard bop. Curiously, however, it was not until the autumn of that year that the two musicians made a recording together.

Donald Byrd – Byrd’s Eye View Lp – Blue Note Tone Poet Vinyl Series

Recorded in 1955 for producer Tom Wilson’s short-lived Boston-based label Transition Records, Byrd’s Eye View was trumpeter Donald Byrd’s first issued recording as a leader. The date presented Byrd at the helm of what was then the current line-up of The Jazz Messengers with tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, pianist Horace Silver, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Art Blakey.

Donald Byrd – Slow Drag Lp (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) – Blue Note Vinyl

More than a dozen albums into his Blue Note tenure, Donald Byrd’s1967 date Slow Drag would be one of the last pure hard bop sessions that the reliably brilliant trumpeter would cut before his music began evolving towards fusion. Byrd flies high on this highly gratifying set that finds it’s groove across a variety of feels fueled by the tremendous drumming of Billy Higgins. The quintet is rounded out by alto saxophonist Sonny Red, pianist Cedar Walton, and bassist Walter Booker, each of whom contribute original compositions to the set list.

Donald Byrd & Bobby Jaspar – Cannes ’58 – Sam Records 180g Vinyl

A never-before released Donald Byrd & Bobby Jaspar 1958 live recordings.
First official release with the full permission and cooperation INA (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel).
Available on vinyl only. No CD, No Digital is scheduled. Limited to 2,000 copies.