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Donald Byrd

Byrd Jazz Transition LP 5

We are very excited to announce the first release of our new series: ARTISAN!

For our first pick, we selected Byrd Jazz, a longtime collector’s favorite. Recorded live in Detroit, this Transition LP captures the first recording as featured artist for trumpeter Donald Byrd. With its ‘mondrianesque’ cover, Byrd Jazz is the perfect example of a daring and timeless design.
All the records covers have been carefully hand-printed and we’ve added a 12-page booklet including the original notes by producer Tom Wilson, and a new essay written by Brian Priestley.

Only 300 copies available, pre-order now exclusively on

The Donald Byrd Sextet presented in concert, Tuesday night, August 23, 1955 by The New Music Society at The World Stage, Detroit, Michigan:

Donald Byrd: trumpet
Bernard McKinney: euphonium
Yusef Lateef: tenor saxophone
Barry Harris: piano, arranger
Alvin Jackson: bass
Frank Gant: drums
Willie Bowen: emcee

A1 Parisian Thoroughfare (Bud Powell) 14:27
A2 Yusef (Barry Harris) 5:34
A3 Shaw ʻNuff (Ray Brown – Gil Fuller – Dizzy Gillespie) 6:52
B1 Blues (Chris Woods) 6:14
B2 Torsion Level (Barry Harris) 6:24
B3 Woody ʻn You (Dizzy Gillespie) 7:31
B4 Dancing in the Dark (Howard Dietz – Arthur Schwartz) 7:36

Original recordings produced by Tom Wilson.
Original LP issue: Transition TRLP-5 Tape transfer: Steve Wagner, Riverside Studio.
Mastering: François Lê Xuân, Studio 101.
Lacquers cut: Schallplatten Schneid Technik.
Produced and manually screen printed by François Lê Xuân and Fred Thomas for Sam Records/Saga, under license from Delmark Records.
(P) & (C)1956 Delmark Records.

Special thanks: Bob J. Koester, François Lacharme, Brian Priestley, Daniel Richard, Carolina Sanchez Boe.