Freddie Hubbard: Byrdlike
Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)
Ready for Freddie (Blue Note Records 90837)
Bernard McKinney (euphonium).
Composed by Freddie Hubbard.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on August 21, 1961
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
Called ‘Birdlike’ on the record, this tune was actually written by Freddie for Donald Byrd, although everyone assumed it was for Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker. But no matter. This tune is a staple for jam sessions and gigs; when you’re stuck on the bandstand for something to play and you call ‘Byrdlike,’ you know everyone will know it (except for the intro maybe). As far as the solo, there probably isn’t a young jazz trumpet player alive today who hasn’t learned it. It’s a continual wealth of ideas and hip phrasing that doesn’t stop. On his 11th chorus after a 10th really soulful (and diatonic) 12 bars, he suddenly switches to the key of A major, up a third from the root, and it makes you sit up straight!
Reviewer: Randy Brecker