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Off to the Races [RVG Edition]
     

Off to the Races [RVG Edition]

by Donald Byrd
 
From the crackling opening notes of "Lover Come Back to Me," it's clear that Off to the Races is one of Donald Byrd's most invigorating sessions of the late '50s. Working with a stellar supporting band -- Jackie McLean (alto sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Pepper Adams (bari sax), Sam Jones (bass), Art Taylor

Overview

From the crackling opening notes of "Lover Come Back to Me," it's clear that Off to the Races is one of Donald Byrd's most invigorating sessions of the late '50s. Working with a stellar supporting band -- Jackie McLean (alto sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Pepper Adams (bari sax), Sam Jones (bass), Art Taylor (drums) -- Byrd turns in one of his strongest recordings of the era. Throughout the album, Byrd switches between hard bop, ballads, laid-back blues, and soul-jazz. Two of the numbers are standards, one is a cover, and three are Byrd originals, but what matters is the playing. Over the course of the album, Byrd proves he has matured greatly as a soloist, capable of sweet, melodic solos on the slower numbers and blistering runs of notes on the faster songs. McLean is just as vigorous and lyrical, contributing some fine moments to the record, as do Adams and Kelly. There's nothing surprising about Off to the Races; it's simply a set of well-performed, enjoyable hard bop, but sometimes that's enough.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2006
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0094636265827
catalogNumber:
62658

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Donald Byrd   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Pepper Adams   Baritone Saxophone
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Art Taylor   Drums
Jackie McLean   Alto Saxophone
Sam "Stovepipe No. 1" Jones   Bass

Technical Credits

Sonny Rollins   Composer
Micaela Boland   Reissue Design
Donald Byrd   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Joe Goldberg   Liner Notes
Alfred Lion   Producer,Audio Production
Francis Wolff   Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
Reid Miles   Cover Design
Gordon H. Jee   Reissue Director

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