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Release Info: Donald Byrd - Discography (ALL) 58 Albums
Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II
American jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader and educator.
Born December 9th, 1932, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died February 4th, 2013.
Byrd attended Cass Tech, where he studied classical music and was mentored by the band director Dr. Harry Begian, a disciplinarian. He played trumpet in military bands during a stint in the Air Force from 1951–1953, before graduating from Wayne State University in 1954 with a music degree. Like other young Detroit jazz musicians, he also studied with bebop pianist Barry Harris (2).
Byrd's warmly burnished sound, fluent technique and aggressive-yet-graceful swing was rooted in the style of Clifford Brown, but his gangly, rhythmically loose phrasing was a unique calling card right from the get-go. As Byrd matured in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he tempered his hummingbird flourishes with a cooler sensibility and phrasing.
Byrd recorded prolifically both as a sideman and a leader, appearing on scores of recordings on the Savoy Records, Prestige, Riverside Records and Blue Note labels. He led a feisty quintet with his old pal from Detroit, baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, from 1958–1961. Byrd also gave a young pianist from Chicago named Herbie Hancock his first major exposure by hiring him in 1961.
As a composer, Byrd was proficient in church-inspired shouts, funky and sophisticated blues forms and structurally interesting originals. He had a wider field of vision than many of his peers, exemplified by his influential 1963 LP, “A New Perspective” (Blue Note), which married his small group with a gospel choir.
Byrd never stopped going to school. He earned a master's degree in music education from the Manhattan School of Music in the late 1950s, studied composition with the famous classical pedagogue Nadia Boulanger in France in the early 1960s, earned a law degree from Howard University in 1976 and a doctorate from Columbia Teachers College in New York in the early 1980s.
Beginning in the 1960s, Byrd taught at many universities, most notably Rutgers, Howard and North Carolina Central.
By the early 1970s, Byrd had begun exploring a danceable fusion of jazz, R&B and soul. In 1973, he teamed with current and former students at Howard, where he was chairman of the black music department, to make the best-selling LP “Black Byrd”. Produced by brothers Larry Mizell & Fonce Mizell, the record and its sequels elevated Byrd into a crossover star.
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Dans les groupes:
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Art Blakey's Big Band, Donald Byrd & 125th Street, N.Y.C., Donald Byrd Quartet, Donald Byrd Quintet, Donald Byrd Sextet, Elmo Hope Sextet, George Wallington Quintet, Gigi Gryce And The Jazz Lab Quintet, Hank Mobley Sextet, Jackie McLean Quintet, Jackie McLean Sextet, Johnny Griffin Sextet, Kenny Drew Quartet, Kenny Drew Quintet, Oscar Pettiford & His All Stars, Paul Chambers Quintet, Paul Chambers Sextet, Pepper Adams Donald Byrd Quintet, Pepper Adams Quintet, Phil Woods Septet, Sam Rivers Sextet, The Duke Pearson Quintet, The Gigi Gryce - Donald Byrd Jazz Laboratory, The Hank Mobley Quintet, The Horace Silver Quintet, The Prestige All Stars, The Red Garland Quintet, The Thelonious Monk Orchestra
1955.Donald Byrd - Timeless [VBR 109-123]
1955.Donald Byrd & Gigi Gryce - Jazz Lab
1956.Art Farmer & Donald Byrd - 2 Trumpets
1956.Donald Byrd - Byrd Blows On Beacon Hill (1956)
1956.Donald Byrd - Byrd's Eye View 
1956.Phil Woods,Donald Byrd - 1956 The Young Bloods
1957.Donald Byd - John Jenkins (2) - Jazz Eyes
1957.Donald Byrd - All Night Long (with Donald Byrd)
1957.The Gigi Gryce - Donald Byrd Jazz Laboratory & the Cecil Taylor Quartet - At Newport 
1958.Donald Byrd - Byrd In Paris ( Vol. 1) 
1958.Donald Byrd - Off To The Races 
1958.Donald Byrd Quintet - Complete Live at the Olympia (2CD) 
1959.Donald Byrd - Byrd In Hand 
1959.Donald Byrd - Fuego 
1960.Donald Byrd - At the Half Note Cafe (Vol. 1 & 2) 
1960.Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams - Motor City Scene 
1961.Donald Byrd - Royal Flush 
1961.Donald Byrd - The Cat Walk
1961.Donald Byrd - The Chant 
1961.Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams - Out Of This World 
1963.Donald Byrd - A New Perspective 
1964.Donald Byrd - Up With Donald Byrd
1965.Donald Byrd - I'm Tryin' To Get Home (Vinyl, LP, Album)
1966.Donald Byrd - Mustang! 
1967.Donald Byrd - Blackjack 
1967.Donald Byrd - Slow Drag 
1967.Donald Byrd - The Creeper 
1969.Donald Byrd - Fancy Free
1970.Donald Byrd - Electric Byrd 
1970.Donald Byrd - Kofi 
1972.Donald Byrd - Black Byrd 
1972.Donald Byrd - Ethiopian Knights
1973.Donald Byrd - Street Lady 
1974.Donald Byrd - Stepping Into Tomorrow 
1975.Donald Byrd - Places and Spaces 
1976.Donald Byrd - Caricatures
1978.Donald Byrd - Thank You...For F.U.M.L. (Funking Up My Life) 
1979.Donald Byrd - And 125th Street, N.Y.C_2
1979.Donald Byrd - Chant (Vinyl, LP, Album)
1981.Donald Byrd - Love Byrd 
1988.Donald Byrd - Harlem Blues 
1989.Donald Byrd - Getting Down To Business-89
1989.Donald Byrd - Groovin' For Nat 
1991.Donald Byrd - A City Called Heaven (CD, Album)A City Called Heaven
1992.Donald Byrd - The Best of 
1993.Donald Byrd - Early Byrd (The Best of the Jazz Soul Years) 
1995.Grant Green & Donald Byrd - His Majesty King Funk & Up With Donald Byrd 
1996.Donald Byrd - Byrd in Flight 
1998.Donald Byrd - Blue Breakbeats 
1998.Donald Byrd - Ethiopian Knights 
2000.Donald Byrd & Booker Little - The Third World (Vinyl, LP, Album)
2000.Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams - The Complete Blue Note Studio Sessions (4 CD) 
2002.Donald Byrd - Birdhouse 
2004.Donald Byrd - Free Form 
2005.Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams - In a Soulful Mood (2005)
2006.Donald Byrd & Gigi Gryce - Complete Jazz Lab Studio Sessions #2 
2010.Donald Byrd - The Cat Walk 
2015.Donald Byrd - At The Half Note Cafe Volume 1-2
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