is a jazz trumpter
, Michigan. He was born in
1932, and in the early 1950's hit the scene
as one of
the eras brightest young stars. He graduated from
jazz's finest finishing school
, Art Blakey
, to co-lead a band with
saxophonist Gigi Gryce
which was called the
Jazz Lab quintet
. In my opinion, his best recordings
followed, (on the Blue Note
label, of course) in a
partnership with baritone sax
player Pepper Adams
through the 1960's.
Byrd's solos are characterized by beautiful symmetry
. My favorite album of his is The Cat Walk
although any of his Blue Note
albums are excellent.
(Also, check out the live recordings of him with
Art Blakey at the Half Note Cafe
In the mid-1960's Byrd invested his talents teaching
jazz at universities like Rutgers and Howard.
During the 1970's he had some commercial success with
jazz-rock fusion hits, which isn't my bag. Recently
he has returned to his bebop roots recording with
fellow veterans Joe Henderson and Bobby Hutcherson
as well as with some young blood, e.g. Kenny Garrett.