Jazz Trumpeter Donald Byrd, Dead at 80

The jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd has died at the age of 80. Byrd was a major figure during a very vibrant period, and he led or joined lots of now-classic recordings. I’ll confess I think of Byrd as being somewhat overshadowed by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard in his prime. Also, Byrd mostly lost me after Blackbyrd in 1973. But his output from the period of his quintet with Pepper Adams in the late 1950s through his Blue Notes throughout the 1960s was always decent and sometimes excellent. A few favorites:

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