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Donald Byrd

tr, 1932-2013 US, Detroit
Musician / Composer of Jazz
A.k.a. Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II

Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II (December 9, 1932 – February 4, 2013) was an American jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter. A sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, Byrd was best known as one of the only bebop jazz musicians who successfully pioneered the funk and soul genres while simultaneously remaining a jazz artist. As a bandleader, Byrd is also notable for his influential role in the early career of keyboard player and composer Herbie Hancock.

        
Instruments
  • Trumpet
  • Flugelhorn
  • Vocals
Genres
  • Jazz
  • R&B/Soul
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
Cristo Redentor - Remastered on A New Perspective by Donald Byrd
I'm A Fool To Want You - 2006 Digital Remaster on Royal Flush by Donald Byrd
Where Are We Going? on Blackbyrd by Donald Byrd
Dominoes on Places And Spaces by Donald Byrd
Places And Spaces on Places And Spaces by Donald Byrd
Wind Parade on Places And Spaces by Donald Byrd
Insert A (Mental Relaxation)/Medicine on Jazzmatazz Volume II: The New Reality by Guru
Love Has Come Around on Love Has Come Around - Finest Moments by Donald Byrd
Lansana's Priestess on Street Lady by Donald Byrd
Think Twice on Stepping Into Tomorrow by Donald Byrd

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Byrd's WordDonald Byrd2018Compil.
Paris ‘64Eric Dolphy Septet with Donald Byrd2018Album
Milestones Of A Jazz LegendDonald Byrd2017Album
Affecttion / You And MusicTa Mara & The Seen / Donald Byrd2016Single
Where Are We Going?Marvin Gaye / Donald Byrd2016Single
Early Years 1955-1958 11 Complete AlbumsDonald Byrd2015Compil.
Donald Byrd Vol.2 - Seven Classic AlbumsDonald Byrd2014Compil.
Donald Byrd Four Classic AlbumsDonald Byrd2014Compil.
Live At The Jazz Workshop, Boston September 4th 1973Donald Byrd, The Blackbyrds2014Album
The Definitive Classic Blue Note Collection 10 Complete AlbumsDonald Byrd2014Compil.
Where Are We Going? / Woman Of The WorldMarvin Gaye / Donald Byrd2014Album
The Complete Jazz Lab SessionsDonald Byrd, Gigi Gryce2013Compil.
Royal Flush + Off To The RacesDonald Byrd2013Compil.
Soul RootsDonald Byrd2013Compil.
Art Blakey - Donald Byrd - John ColtraneArt Blakey - Donald Byrd - John Coltrane2013Single
Jazz In CameraDonald Byrd & Barney Wilen2012Album
Eight Classic AlbumsDonald Byrd2012Compil.
Blue ByrdDonald Byrd2011Compil.
Complete RecordingsJohn Coltrane Quintet With Red Garland & Donald Byrd2011Compil.
Byrd's WordDonald Byrd2009Album
Insomnia / Love Has Come Around (Remastered 12" Version 2008)Craig David / Donald Byrd2008Album
Some CutsDonald Byrd / Jill Scott2007Album
Complete Live At The Café BohemiaGeorge Wallington Quintet With Donald Byrd & Jackie McLean2007Compil.
Complete Jazz Lab Studio Sessions #2Donald Byrd • Gigi Gryce2006Compil.
Think Twice / Show TimeDonald Byrd / Undisputed Truth2006Album
Complete Jazz Lab Studio Sessions #3Donald Byrd • Gigi Gryce2006Compil.
Donald Byrd With StringsDonald Byrd2006Compil.
Complete Jazz Lab Studio Sessions #1Donald Byrd • Gigi Gryce2006Compil.
Funked Up / Think TwiceGary Bartz / Donald Byrd2005Album
Steppin' Again / Mindgames (Sneaky Pete Edit)Donald Byrd / Madlib / Rich Medina2004Single
The EssentialDonald Byrd2003Compil.
The Transition SessionsDonald Byrd & Doug Watkins2002Compil.
TimelessDonald Byrd2002Compil.
BirdhouseDonald Byrd2000Compil.
The Donald Byrd CollectionDonald Byrd2000Compil.
The Birth Of Hard BopLee Morgan, Donald Byrd, Hank Mobley2000Compil.
The Complete Blue Note Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Studio SessionsDonald Byrd / Pepper Adams2000Compil.
AttitudeDonald Byrd1999Compil.
WintersetDonald Byrd1999Compil.
LandmarksDonald Byrd1998Compil.
Byrd's WordDonald Byrd1998Album
Blue BreakbeatsDonald Byrd1998Compil.
At The Half Note Cafe, Volumes 1 & 2Donald Byrd1997Compil.
Blackjack / JeanineDonald Byrd1996Single
KofiDonald Byrd1995Album
His Majesty King Funk / Up With Donald ByrdGrant Green / Donald Byrd1995Compil.
Changes (Messin' With My Mind) / Changes (Makes You Want To Hustle)Vernon Burch / Donald Byrd1994Single
Early Byrd - The Best Of The Jazz Soul YearsDonald Byrd1993Compil.
Two Sides Of Jackie McLeanJackie McLean Featuring Donald Byrd1993Compil.
Jazz Dance Classic No. 2Donald Byrd1992Album
The Best Of Donald ByrdDonald Byrd1992Compil.
A City Called HeavenDonald Byrd1991Album
Harlem BluesDonald Byrd1988Album
Spring Is HereMonica Zetterlund With Benny Bailey, Donald Byrd, Arne Domnérus, Lars Gullin, Åke Persson1988Compil.
Hava A Nice Jazz TrumpetLee Morgan, Donald Byrd, Ira Sullivan1987Compil.
Jazz Is Here To Stay Vol 2Cannonball Adderley, Stan Getz, Jimmy Smith, Ray Brown, Donald Byrd, Wes Montgomery, J.J. Johnson1985Compil.
The DudeDonald Byrd1983Compil.
The Blue Note CollectionDonald Byrd1983Compil.
Donald Byrd Art FarmerDonald Byrd & Art Farmer1983Compil.
Plays "Au Chat"Donald Byrd1983Album
Star Trippin'Donald Byrd1982Album
September AfternoonDonald Byrd With Clare Fischer1982Album
Love For SaleDonald Byrd1981Single
I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 20Stan Getz, Donald Byrd, Bobby Jaspar, Kenny Clarke1981Compil.
I'll Always Love YouDonald Byrd1981Single
The CreeperDonald Byrd1981Album
Just The Two Of Us / Love Has Come AroundGrover Washington, Jr. / Donald Byrd1980Album
Byrd In Flight / Royal FlushDonald Byrd1980Compil.
ChantDonald Byrd1979Album
VeronicaDonald Byrd1979Single
Thank You … For F.U.M.L. (Funking Up My Life)Donald Byrd1978Album
Thank You For Funking Up My LifeDonald Byrd1978Album
Loving You / Cristo RedentorDonald Byrd1978Single
Young ByrdDonald Byrd With Pepper Adams And Gigi Gryce1977Compil.
Donald Byrd's BestDonald Byrd1976Compil.
New Formulas From The Jazz LabGigi Gryce And Donald Byrd1976Album
Dominoes / Wind ParadeDonald Byrd1976Album
Dancing In The Street / Onward 'Til MorningDonald Byrd1976Single
Change (Makes You Want To Hustle)Donald Byrd1976Single
Dancing In The Street / Dance BandDonald Byrd1976Single
Ha Cha Cha / Dancing In The StreetsBrass Construction / Donald Byrd1976Album
Dominoes EPDonald Byrd1976Album
CaricaturesDonald Byrd1976Album
Donald Byrd's BestDonald Byrd1976Compil.
The All-Star SessionsElmo Hope, John Coltrane, Donald Byrd, Jimmy Heath, "Philly" Joe Jones1976Compil.
House Of ByrdDonald Byrd1976Compil.
Makin' It / We're TogetherDonald Byrd1975Single
Stepping Into TomorrowDonald Byrd1975Album
Think Twice / We're TogetherDonald Byrd1975Single
(Fallin' Like) DominoesDonald Byrd1975Single
Places And SpacesDonald Byrd1975Album
Art Blakey With The Jazz MessengersArt Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Feat. Donald Byrd, Horace Silver - Jackie McLean1974Compil.
Two Sides Of Donald ByrdDonald Byrd1974Compil.
Early ByrdDonald Byrd - Gigi Gryce1973Compil.
Jazz JunctionThe Red Garland Quintet Featuring John Coltrane And Donald Byrd1973Compil.
Witch Hunt / Woman Of The WorldDonald Byrd1973Single
Pajaro Negro = Black Byrd / El Blues De La Jarra = Slop Jar BluesDonald Byrd1973Single
Black Byrd / Slop Jar BluesDonald Byrd1973Single
Flight-Time / Mr. ThomasDonald Byrd1973Single
Black Byrd / Cristo RedentorDonald Byrd1973Single
Street LadyDonald Byrd1973Album
Black ByrdDonald Byrd1973Album
Ethiopian KnightsDonald Byrd1972Album
The EmperorDonald Byrd1971Single
Electric Byrd / That Healin' Feelin' / Love Call / CoalitionOrnette Coleman, Horace Silver, Elvin Jones, Donald Byrd1971Album
Electric ByrdDonald Byrd1970Album
Fancy FreeDonald Byrd1969Album
Slow DragDonald Byrd1968Album
BlackjackDonald Byrd1967Album
A New PerspectiveDonald Byrd1966Single
Free FormDonald Byrd1966Album
Free FormDonald Byrd1966Single
Mustang!Donald Byrd1966Album
Up With Donald ByrdDonald Byrd1965Album
Brother Isaac / I've Longed And Searched For My MotherDonald Byrd1965Single
Up With Donald ByrdDonald Byrd1965Album
Hard Cookin'Charlie Rouse, Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Ray Bryant, Frank Foster, Art Taylor1965Compil.
You've Been Talkin' 'Bout Me BabyDonald Byrd1965Single
See See RiderDonald Byrd1965Single
Black PearlsJohn Coltrane / Donald Byrd1965Single
Boom Boom / See See RiderDonald Byrd1965Single
I'm Tryin' To Get Home (Brass With Voices)Donald Byrd1965Album
Body & SoulDonald Byrd · Kenny Burrell · Frank Foster · Hank Mobley · Mal Waldron · Curtis Fuller · Paul Quinichette · Hank Jones, The Prestige All Stars1965Album
A New PerspectiveDonald Byrd1964Album
Trumpets All OutArt Farmer & Donald Byrd1964Compil.
At The Half Note Cafe, Vol. 2Donald Byrd1963Album
Cristo Redentor / ElijahDonald Byrd1963Single
The Cat WalkDonald Byrd1962Album
6 M'SDonald Byrd1961Single
Royal FlushDonald Byrd1961Album
Motor City ScenePepper Adams, Donald Byrd1961Album
At The Half Note Cafe (Volume 1)Donald Byrd1961Album
Bo / GhanaDonald Byrd1961Single
Ping Pong Beer / November Afternoon"Philly" Joe Jones - Pepper Adams - Donald Byrd - Bill Evans - Paul Chambers - Ed Shaughnessy - Booker Little - Mal Waldron1961Single
High PressureThe Red Garland Quintet With John Coltrane And Donald Byrd1961Album
FuegoDonald Byrd1960Single
Soul JunctionThe Red Garland Quintet Featuring John Coltrane And Donald Byrd1960Album
Byrd In FlightDonald Byrd1960Album
FuegoDonald Byrd1960Album
Little Boy BlueDonald Byrd1960Single
Off To The RacesDonald Byrd1959Album
Byrd In HandDonald Byrd1959Album
Don Byrd - Gigi GryceDonald Byrd - Gigi Gryce And The Jazz Lab Quintet1959Single
Three TrumpetsArt Farmer / Donald Byrd / Idrees Sulieman1958Single
All Day LongFrank Foster, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins, Art Taylor1958Single
Jazz LabGigi Gryce / Donald Byrd1958Album
Hank Mobley With Donald Byrd And Lee MorganHank Mobley With Donald Byrd And Lee Morgan1957Album
Paul Chambers QuintetPaul Chambers Quintet With Donald Byrd, Clifford Jordan, Tommy Flanagan, Elvin Jones1957Album
Lights Out Vol. 1Jackie McLean Quintet With Donald Byrd And Elmo Hope1957Single
Jazz For The Carriage Trade, Vol. 2George Wallington Quintet With Phil Woods, Donald Byrd1957Single
Jazz For The Carriage Trade, Vol. 3George Wallington Quintet With Phil Woods, Donald Byrd1957Single
Lights Out Vol. 2Jackie McLean Quintet With Donald Byrd And Elmo Hope1957Single
Modern Jazz PerspectiveDonald Byrd - Gigi Gryce1957Album
The New York SceneGeorge Wallington Quintet Featuring Phil Woods, Donald Byrd1957Album
Modern Jazz Survey 1 / New York JazzGeorge Wallington, Phil Woods, Donald Byrd, Red Garland1957Album
Three TrumpetsArt Farmer / Donald Byrd / Idrees Sulieman1957Album
Jazz For The Carriage Trade, Vol. 1George Wallington Quintet With Phil Woods, Donald Byrd1957Single
Jazz LabDonald Byrd - Gigi Gryce1957Album
The Jazz Message OfDonald Byrd, Hank Mobley, Horace Silver, Doug Watkins, Ronnie Ball, Wendell Marshall, Kenny Clarke1956Single
Lights Out!Jackie McLean Quintet With Donald Byrd And Elmo Hope1956Album
Byrd JazzDonald Byrd1956Album
The Young BloodsPhil Woods / Donald Byrd1956Single
The Young BloodsPhil Woods / Donald Byrd1956Album
Byrd Blows On Beacon HillDonald Byrd1956Album
The Jazz Message OfDonald Byrd, Hank Mobley, Horace Silver, Doug Watkins, Ronnie Ball, Wendell Marshall, Kenny Clarke1956Album
2 TrumpetsArt Farmer / Donald Byrd1956Album
Byrd's WordDonald Byrd1956Album
Byrd's Eye ViewDonald Byrd1955Album
Crazy Rhythm / Hank's Other TuneDonald Byrd1955Single
Bohemia After DarkCannonball Adderley With Horace Silver, Paul Chambers, Donald Byrd, Nat Adderley, Jerome Richardson, Kenny Clarke1955Album
Here Am IDonald ByrdSingle
Dominoes / Lansana's PriestressDonald ByrdAlbum
Best SelectionDonald ByrdCompil.
Step HighDonald ByrdAlbum
Everything Happens To MeDonald ByrdSingle
Bohemia After Dark / We'll Be Together AgainCannonball Adderley - Donald Byrd - Horace Silver - Jerome Richardson - Paul Chambers - Nat Adderley - Kenny ClarkeSingle
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