Harlem Blues (Donald Byrd album)

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A City Called Heaven
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Studio album by Donald Byrd
RecordedSeptember 22 and 24, 1987
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Length52:24 CD release with bonus track
LLP/LCD 1516
ProducerOrrin Keepnews, Donald Byrd
Donald Byrd chronology
Words, Sounds, Colors and Shapes
A City Called Heaven
Getting Down to Business

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.