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Donald Byrd: The Early Years: 1955-1958

Track List

>Tortion Level
>Woody 'n You
>Dancing in the Dark
>Parisian Thoroughfare
>Shaw 'Nuff
>Doug's Blues
>El Sino
>Everything Happens to Me
>Hank's Tune
>Hank's Other Tune
>Gotcha Goin' 'n' Comin'
>Long Green
>Star Eyes
>Someone to Watch Over Me
>Third, The
>When Your Lover Has Gone
>'Round Midnight
>Dewey Square
>Once More
>House of Chan
>In Walked George
>Lover Man
>Little Rock Getaway
>Polka Dots and Moonbeams
>People Will Say We're in Love
>If I Love Again
>What's New
>Stella by Starlight
>Early Morning Blues/Now, You Don't Know
>Early Bird
>Steppin' Out
>Social Call
>Evening in Casablanca, An
>Star Eyes
>Palm Court Alley
>Who's Who
>Diffusion of Beauty
>Forty Quarters
>You Gotta Dig It to Dig It
>Over the Rainbow
>Nica's Tempo
>Blue Concept
>Little Niles
>Sans Souci
>I Remember Clifford
>There'll Never Be Another You
>When I Fall in Love
>Jazz Message, The (Freedom for All)

Album Notes

This superb six-disc anthology brings together 11 of trumpeter Donald Byrd's earliest albums from the mid- to late '50s. Included here are such releases as 1955's Byrd Jazz, 1956's Byrd Blows on Beacon Hill, 1956's The Young Bloods with saxophonist Phil Woods, 1957's Jazz Lab with saxophonist Gigi Gryce, and others. These are swinging, exuberant albums that find Byrd in his formative years just before he signed with Blue Note. ~ Matt Collar


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