Donald Byrd: Slow Drag


Slow Drag


Donald Byrd (trumpet)


Slow Drag (Blue Note 5-35560-2)

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

Composed by Donald Byrd


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 12, 1967


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Here we have yet another Bossa nova song disguised by a heavy piano bass and some bluesy changes. The opening to this song definitely sounds like it was meant for the opening sequence of a bad P.I. movie. Donald Byrd sounds good on this song as well as the rest of the album and I enjoy the changes to this tune better than the others. Byrd's playing is aided by the loose nature of the song and it grooves a little harder, especially on the turnaround, which sounds like they ripped it straight from a Hancock Blue Note recording. Byrd's trumpet style is very interesting to my ears, I can't figure out sometimes what he's going for and then all of a sudden he brings me back to table with some nice note choices. I recommend this song and the entire album for anyone that wants to get their teeth wet to some of the R&B/Bossa music of Blue Note from the late 1960s. You also don't want to miss the cool Billy Higgins vocal adlib towards the end of the song. Classic!

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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