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Donald Byrd: Slow Drag

Album Reviews:

Q (3/02, p.132) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Byrd's trumpet sound has a rawness and candour close to Miles Davis' music of the period..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Donald Byrd (trumpet); Billy Higgins (vocals, drums); Sonny Red (alto saxophone); Cedar Walton (piano); Walter Booker (bass).

Producer: Alfred Lion.

Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.

Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Originally released on Blue Note (84292). Includes liner notes by Nat Hentoff and Bob Blumenthal.

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

This is part of Blue Note's Rudy Van Gelder Edition series.

Slow Drag was one of trumpeter Donald Byrd's final hard bop dates. Teamed with altoist Sonny Red, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Billy Higgins (who takes a surprise vocal on the title cut), this quintet outing features originals by Byrd, Walton and Red along with the standards "Secret Love" and "My Ideal." The music in general finds Byrd looking both backwards toward the blues and forwards toward modal music and hints of the avant-garde. A fine effort. ~ Scott Yanow


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