2019 Japanese reissue
One of three Donald Byrd albums from 1967 (the end of his hard bop period), this recording features the trumpeter/leader with the frontline of altoist Sonny Red, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, plus pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Walter Booker, and drummer Billy Higgins. Includes the funky title cut, "Blackjack", plus "Beale Street", "Loki", and some other nice cuts.
The music does swing and highlights include "West of the Pecos" and "Beale Street"; Byrd and Red in particular are in excellent form throughout the date.
|Brand||Blue Note Records Japan|
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