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Donald Byrd December 21, 1958

Main Session Personnel
trumpet
alto saxophone
baritone saxophone
piano
bass
drums
# Tracks Playtime Issue Variance from Main Session Personnel
1 Sudwest Funk 6:52
Off to the Races
Catalog #: ST - 84007
2 Lover Come Back to Me 6:50
Off to the Races
Catalog #: ST - 84007
3 When Your Love Has Gone 5:03
Off to the Races
Catalog #: ST - 84007
(omit), (omit)
4 Off to the Races (The Long Two/Four) 6:35
Off to the Races
Catalog #: ST - 84007
5 Paul's Pal 7:08
Off to the Races
Catalog #: ST - 84007
6 Down Tempo 5:12
Off to the Races
Catalog #: ST - 84007
genre: Hard bop
Recording Date: 
1958-12-21
Leader(s): 
Donald Byrd
Skill/instrument: 
trumpet
Skill/instrument: 
alto saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
baritone saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
piano
Skill/instrument: 
bass
Skill/instrument: 
drums
Personnel: 
Donald Byrd
Personnel: 
Jackie McLean
Personnel: 
Pepper Adams
Personnel: 
Wynton Kelly
Personnel: 
Sam Jones
Personnel: 
Art Taylor
Ensemble Size: 
sextet
Venue Type: 
studio
Venue Name: 
Rudy Van Gelder Studio
Venue Location: 
Hackensack, NJ
Recording company
Company Name: 
Blue Note
Session Details: 

Lordisco includes Einar Swan's "When Your Lover Has Gone", but jazzdisco.org omits this track. Unclear why there is this discrepancy. All six tracks appear on the Blue Note issue Donald Byrd "Off to the Races". Nevertheless, Raben's book claims that the track's song is a Byrd original "When Your Love Has Gone", not the Einar Swan tune at all. Listening to the CD reissue supports the claim that the track on the Byrd session does not bear an aural similarity to the Swan standard.

Lordisco & Jazzdisco.org do not list track playtimes, but you can find copies of the original issue on amazon, which lists the playtimes.

This is one of only two sessions I could find with Jackie McClean from the year 1958, as a leader or a sideman. It would be interesting to find out why he was so unprolific this particular year. A particularly bad year for his addictions? Touring? Family issues?

Also, Lord and Bruyninckx list these tracks as appearing on the issue "Off to the Races", but on the CD re-issue of that album, the date of the corresponding session is listed as December 2, 1958, instead of the 21st.

-JS

Sources: 
jazzdisco.org, lordisco, allmusic.com, on hand, "Jazz Records 1942-1980" Raben, Erik