Off to the Races (album)

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Off to the Races
Off to the Races.jpg
Studio album by Donald Byrd
ReleasedMarch 1959[1]
RecordedDecember 21, 1958
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
LabelBlue Note
BLP 4007
BST 84007
ProducerAlfred Lion
Donald Byrd chronology
Byrd in Paris
Off to the Races
Byrd in Hand

Off to the Races is an album by American trumpeter Donald Byrd recorded in 1958 and released on the Blue Note label in 1959 as BLP 4007.[2]


The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album 4 stars and stated "There's nothing surprising about Off to the Races; it's simply a set of well-performed, enjoyable hard bop, but sometimes that's enough".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Donald Byrd except as indicated.
  1. "Lover, Come Back to Me" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg) - 6:52
  2. "When Your Love Has Gone" - 5:04
  3. "Sudwest Funk" - 6:53
  4. "Paul's Pal" (Sonny Rollins) - 7:08
  5. "Off to the Races" - 6:36
  6. "Down Tempo" - 5:19



  1. ^ Billboard Mar 30, 1959
  2. ^ Donald Byrd discography accessed August 30, 2010
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed August 30, 2010