At The Half Note Vol 1 (180Gm)


Format: LP, Vinyl

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Release date: 20 Dec 2019
Format: LP, Vinyl
Grade: New (About gradings)
SKU: 55637
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Donald Byrd’s long association with Blue Note was something of a rollercoaster. Byrd felt he was not always supported artistically, yet so much of his music for the label is sublime, whether Hard Bop, Soul Jazz or Fusion. This first part of a live recording from the Half Note club dates from 11th November 1960. It is a gem. Byrd shares the soloing spotlight with baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams and pianist/ arranger Duke Pearson. The album’s opener is the standout – ‘My Girl Shirl’ is the most accessible of Hard Bop numbers with a melody that indicates Shirl must have one helluva a lady. ‘Soulful Kiddy is a deliberate mid-tempo Blues on which Byrd and Adams are soulfulness personified. The mournful ‘A Portrait For Jennie’ is nonetheless beautiful. ‘Cecile’ completes Volume one and is a lengthy multi-paced piece that ebbs and flows. This recording at the Half Note – together with part 2 – remains a classic Blue Note live date.

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