30 September 2006
DONALD BYRD - THE CREEPER
This LP was trumpeter Donald Byrd's final album in the hard bop idiom and it went unissued until 1981. For the last time, Byrd was heard in prime form in an acoustic format. His notable sextet also included altoist Sonny Red, baritonist Pepper Adams, pianist Chick Corea, bassist Miroslav Vitous, and drummer Mickey Roker. With the exception of Michel Legrand's "I Will Wait for You," all of the songs were composed by either Byrd, Red, or Corea and, although none of the originals caught on as standards (or have been performed since), together as a whole they give one a lot of variety in the then-modern hard bop field. Pity that this album has been out of print since the mid-'80s. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
Big cut on this lp is the full steam ahead "Samba Yantra"with its urgent,raw head arrangement that blasts off into a 100mph latin flyer.
This is ripped from the original vinyl-it's never made a re-issue apart from as part of the Mosaic Box Set of The Complete Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Sessions for Blue Note which has long since sold out.