Harlem Blues (Donald Byrd album)

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Studio album by Donald Byrd
Released 1988
Recorded September 22 and 24, 1987
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre Jazz
Length 52:24 CD release with bonus track
Label Landmark
LLP/LCD 1516
Producer Orrin Keepnews, Donald Byrd
Donald Byrd chronology
Words, Sounds, Colors and Shapes
(1982)Words, Sounds, Colors and Shapes1982
Harlem Blues
Getting Down to Business
(1990)Getting Down to Business1990

Harlem Blues is an album by trumpeter Donald Byrd featuring performances recorded in 1987 and released on the Landmark label the following year.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[3]

On Allmusic, Scott Yanow observed "This Landmark release was trumpeter Donald Byrd's first jazz album in over 15 years after a long (and commercially if not artistically successful) detour into poppish R&B/funk. In the 1980s Byrd had neglected his trumpet playing in order to direct The Blackbyrds and teach. The period away from his instrument shows in spots on this well-intentioned set ... Ironically Byrd's own playing was not at this point up to the level of his sidemen although his chops would improve during the next couple of years".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Donald Byrd except where noted.

  1. "Harlem Blues" (W. C. Handy) – 5:30
  2. "Fly Little Bird Fly" – 6:13
  3. "Voyage À Deux (Journey for Two)" (Kenny Garrett) – 7:44
  4. "Blue Monk" (Thelonious Monk) – 9:22
  5. "Alter Ego" (James Williams) – 7:36
  6. "Sir Master Kool Guy" – 5:03
  7. "Hi-Fly" (Randy Weston) – 10:56 Additional track on CD release



  1. ^ Fitzgerald, M., Landmark Records listing accessed December 7, 2017
  2. ^ Donald Byrd Catalog, accessed December 7, 2017
  3. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Donald Byrd: Harlem Blues – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved December 7, 2017.