Feb 28, 2013
We noted in passing Donald Byrd earlier this month, and you have made Podcast 335, my tribute to the late trumpet player one of the most downloaded in recent memory. Clearly, he is a musical figure who will be missed.
Blue Note, the label for which much of his best work was recorded, has searched their archives and is making available for your streamed listening pleasure a previously unreleased concert from 1973 That show, recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival, featured Byrd leading a band that included Fonce Mizell, Trumpet, Vocals; Allan Barnes, Tenor Sax, Flute; Nathan Davis, Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax; Kevin Toney, Electric Piano; Larry Mizell, Synthesizer; Barney Perry, Electric Guitar; Henry Franklin, Electric Bass; Keith Killgo, Drums, Vocals; and Ray Armando, Conga, Percussion.
Don Was, the President of Blue Note, offered this comment when he posted the show:
Shortly after Mr. Byrd's passing on February 4th, we got an email from the noted British music icon, Gilles Petersen, inquiring about a legendary performance from 1973's Montreux Jazz Festival. Blue Note's Curator-In-Chief, Michael Cuscuna , told us that it had, indeed, been recorded and subsequently mixed for release by Bob Belden in 1999. Inexplicably, it has remained hidden in the Blue Note vaults - until now. The tapes are wonderful and reveal a far more raw and gritty side to Donald Byrd's 70's music than his studio recordings might suggest....