Donald Byrd: Mustang
Donald Byrd (trumpet)
Mustang! (Blue Note 7243 8 59963 2 0)
Hank Mobley (tenor sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Walter Booker (bass), Freddie Waits (drums).
Composed by Sylvester Kyner.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 24, 1966
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
"Mustang" may not be the most famous hard-bop stallion from the Blue Note stables in the '50s and '60s, but it's highly enjoyable and emblematic of the genre. A bluesy melody with a Bo Diddley beat, a rhythm section masterfully driven by Waits's drums, a funky piano and efficient horn riffs. What more do you need to have everybody stamp their feet and snap their fingers? While the solos are not all memorable, they are always honest and in the groove. And "Mustang" even provides a bit of jazz trivia that will allow you to show off about this tune: it was written by altoist Sonny Red – who solos first – and signed with his real name: Sylvester Kyner.
Reviewer: Thierry QuÃ©num