Donald Byrd - Live, Cookin' with Blue Note at Montreux

Donald Byrd - Live, Cookin' with Blue Note at Montreux

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This item is scheduled to be released on 9th December 2022.


The first-ever official release of Donald Byrd’s iconic live set.


In July 1973, Blue Note Records headed to Montreux, Switzerland to showcase several of the label’s stars at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Live albums all titled Live: Cookin’ with Blue Note at Montreux followed from Bobby Hutcherson, Ronnie Foster, Bobbi Humphrey, and Marlena Shaw, but one of the performances by Donald Byrd remained unreleased in the Blue Note vaults. Now, nearly 50 years later, that recording of the great trumpeter’s dynamic set will be officially released for the first time ever on what would have been Byrd’s 90th birthday: December 9, 2022.

That summer, Byrd was fresh off the release of his hit crossover fusion album Black Byrd, the first of his innovative and incredibly successful studio collaborations with producer Larry Mizell. But in a live setting the band had a rawer, harder edge, as this searing set attests. Byrd led a 10-piece band that included Larry Mizell on synthesizers, Fonce Mizell on trumpet and vocals, Allan Barnes on tenor saxophone and flute, Nathan Davis on soprano and tenor saxophone, Kevin Toney on electric piano, Barney Perry on electric guitar, Henry Franklin on electric bass, Keith Killgo on drums, and Ray Armando on congas and percussion. The set list includes Larry Mizell’s tune “Black Byrd” along with otherwise unrecorded Byrd originals like “The East,” “Kwame,” and “Poco-Mania,” as well as an excellent cover of Stevie Wonder’s “You’ve Got It Bad Girl.”


1. Donald Byrd - Black Byrd (Live)
2. Donald Byrd - You've Got It Bad Girl (Live)
3. Donald Byrd - The East (Live)
4. Donald Byrd - Introductions (Live)
5. Donald Byrd - Kwame (Live)
6. Donald Byrd - Poco-Mania (Live)

Artist: Donald Byrd
Label: Decca / Blue Note
Catalogue: 4599840
Barcode: 0602445998401
Format: LP or CD
Release Date: 9th December 2022

This product is a pre order and is scheduled to be released 9th December 2022.

This product is available on preorder with a limited discounted price.


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