Donald Byrd: Book's Bossa


Book's Bossa


Donald Byrd (trumpet)


Slow Drag (Blue Note 5-35560-2)

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Donald Byrd (trumpet), Sonny Red Kyner (alto sax), Cedar Walton (piano), Walter Booker (bass), Billy Higgins (drums).

Composed by Donald Byrd


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 12, 1967


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

It's kind of astonishing the amount of jazz musicians that recorded and performed Bossa nova in the late 1960s. I guess Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto did their jobs! Donald Byrd, always one who defies easy categorization, came up with a catchy little Bossa, that's almost closer to samba at times, for this album. I like how Byrd sounds on this song and he is helped greatly by the wonderful piano playing of Cedar Walton, who moves up and down the piano with ease as he comps behind Byrd. Although this song gets a little boring after a few minutes, I still like it. I think that Byrd sounds stronger on funk oriented material and straight ahead stuff but he still manages to play some nice sustained lines. Not a bad song at all and very well worth listening to several times.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley


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