Playing tracks by
Donald Byrd, Donald Byrd & Booker Little, Donald Byrd & Stan Getz, Donald Byrd &Pepper Adams Quintet ft Herbie Hancock, Donald Byrd Quintet and more.
There are pioneers, innovators, teachers and leaders of this musical craft that leave an indelible mark on ears, on surroundings or on a young man’s formative years..
Donald Byrd pretty much resided in our house in those formative years.
Never far from my Dad’s stereo or music centre (as it was known back then :) the bebop and hard bop trumpet & flugelhorn of Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II reigned supreme.
I was sat down and asked to not only hear Byrd’s music, but to listen. These early lessons have never left me and I have sought to accomplish the two whenever approaching music.
Ever the experimentalist, Byrd transcended jazz, sailed oceans of funk, resided in fusion and soared in pop. Yes!
His discography is, was and remains epic and there just isn’t enough room to list the musicians and students he influenced and encouraged.
This is just one of Byrd’s ‘students’ remembering those early lessons and saluting the teacher.