Personnel: Donald Byrd (trumpet); Frank Foster, Yusef Lateef (tenor saxophone); Bernard McKinney (euphonium); Hank Jones , Barry Harris (piano); Frank Gant, Kenny Clarke (drums).
Liner Note Author: Joe Segal.
Recording information: Detroit, MI (08/23/1955); New World Stage, Detroit, MI (08/23/1955).
Photographer: Chuck Stewart.
This CD reissue contains trumpeter Donald Byrd's debut on records. Recorded in his native Detroit with such local players as tenor saxophonist Yusef Lateef, pianist Berry Harris and Bernard McKinney on euphonium, Byrd is heard at the age of 22 when he was very much influenced by Clifford Brown. Unlike Byrd, Lateef already had his own style at this early stage. The sextet mostly performs bop originals plus a blues, "Yusef" and "Torsion Level"; all of the music is straightahead and swinging. A fine beginning for the very interesting career of Donald Byrd. ~ Scott Yanow