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Royal Flush [RVG Edition]
     

Royal Flush [RVG Edition]

by Donald Byrd
 

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Donald Byrd was at his peak as a straight-ahead hard bop band leader in the early '60s, turning a series of remarkably solid, enjoyable sessions for Blue Note. Royal Flush is no exception to the rule. Recorded in the fall of 1961, Royal Flush finds Byrd once again working with baritionist Pepper Adams, but adding bassist Butch

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Donald Byrd was at his peak as a straight-ahead hard bop band leader in the early '60s, turning a series of remarkably solid, enjoyable sessions for Blue Note. Royal Flush is no exception to the rule. Recorded in the fall of 1961, Royal Flush finds Byrd once again working with baritionist Pepper Adams, but adding bassist Butch Warren, drummer Billy Higgins, and, most importantly, a young pianist named Herbie Hancock. For the most part, the quintet plays a set of vital hard bop, swinging hard on the bluesy groove "Hush" and laying back on the pop standard "I'm a Fool to Want You." But what's really interesting is when they begin pushing the boundaries of bop. All three of Byrd's original pieces -- "Jorgie's," "Shangri-La," "6M's" -- are harmonically complex and have subtly shifting rhythms; all three are successful, but "Shangri-La" is particularly noteworthy. Similarly, Hancock's graceful "Requiem" calls attention to its fluid melodic lines and rhythm. Throughout the date, Byrd and Adams are typically impressive, alternating between punchy, hard-hitting, and graceful solos, but Hancock is just as good, signaling early on in his career his deep, unique talent.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2006
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0094636263229
catalogNumber:
62632

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Donald Byrd   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Pepper Adams   Baritone Saxophone
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Billy Higgins   Drums
Butch Warren   Bass,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Frank Sinatra   Composer
Leonard Feather   Original Liner Notes
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Donald Byrd   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Alfred Lion   Producer,Audio Production
Francis Wolff   Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Note Adaptation
Jack Wolf   Composer
Reid Miles   Cover Design
Joel Herron   Composer
Michale Boland   Reissue Design
Gordon H. Jee   Reissue Director

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