Personnel: Donald Byrd (trumpet); Donald Byrd; Butch Warren (upright bass); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Herbie Hancock (piano); Billy Higgins (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Rudy Van Gelder.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (09/21/1961).
Photographer: Francis Wolff.
In the early 1960s, long before he'd pursue a funkier, electric direction, Donald Byrd was one of the leading trumpeters on the American jazz scene. Recorded in autumn 1961, ROYAL FLUSH is hard-swinging (with the baritone sax of Pepper Adams, how could it not be?) and deep-grooving hard bop. It does, however, point to aspects of jazz's future--note the poignant "Requiem," contributed by a young Herbie Hancock (this session's pianist) and the inventive drumming of Billy Higgins.