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ah, donald byrd. brilliant man, brilliant musician. massively extensive blue note catalog, covering a wide array of jazz styles.
i got this album a long time ago. i was a hard bop nut and blue note fan, but i wasn't the "completest collector" i am today. i mainly got it 'coz, my man, hank mobley was on it. i wasn't looking forward to "vocals", in my jazz, at that time...
this was a pretty important record, for a few reasons. blue note hadn't released many - if any - albums like this, with the "voices". also, it was the first of its kind for arranger duke pearson. i'm a BIG pearson fan. these types of "arranged large band" sessions became the norm for duke and blue note a coupla few years later.
"a new perspective," was a 7-piece combo + voices, recorded in Nov. 1963. it was very well received by critics and fans alike and exactly 1 year later, byrd was back at it, recorded a similar record, a part II, if you will.
"i'm trying to get home," was also a 7-piece combo, though different players and instrumentation. (herbie hancock on piano, was the only holdover.) instead of "band & voices", this new album was for "brass with voices." 8 voices, once again conducted by Coleridge Perkinson, plus the addition of a dozen brass players (notables include Clark Terry and JJ Johnson). half of the 6 tunes, were penned by Duke Pearson. for my money, "I'm Trying To Get Home" (Brass With Voices), is a *much* better record than the more well-known one represented here. if you dig this, please check out Byrd's next album. it's hard to find, but well worth it.
Dude, you are a true music professor. Thank you!
 thank YOU - for posting all this great stuff!
and good timing on your comment, i actually teach at a music college on wednesday's. that means, i'll miss being able to see the yanks game on espn tonight...
ol' pal Jon Weisman has a very interesting piece on Torre's LA Story up today
4) Thanks for that. And thanks to the Tigers for finally beating the Rays.
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