Donald Byrd – Byrd Blows on Beacon Hill: Blue Note Tone Poet Series (180g Mono Vinyl LP)


All-Analog 180g Mono Vinyl LP of Donald Byrd’s Byrd Blows on Beacon Hill: Blue Note Tone Poet Reissue Mastered From the Original Master Tapes by Kevin Gray and Pressed at RTI

Recorded in 1956 for producer Tom Wilson’s short-lived Boston-based label Transition Records, Byrd Blows on Beacon Hill presented trumpeter Donald Byrd in a relaxed and intimate quartet setting with his frequent collaborator Doug Watkins on bass along with Boston-area musicians Ray Santisi on piano and Jim Zitano on drums. The standards-heavy set was captured on a rainy spring afternoon in the Beacon Hill home of engineer Steve Fassett, which provided a casual atmosphere that gave the album both its title and its easygoing charm. Byrd is at his lyrical best on Joe Sullivan’s tune “Little Rock Getaway” as well versions of “Polka Dots and Moonbeams,” “If I Love Again,” and “Stella by Starlight.” The trumpeter lays out to let the trio shine on “People Will Say We’re in Love” and “What’s New.”

The Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series was born out of Blue Note President Don Was’ admiration for the exceptional audiophile Blue Note LP reissues presented by Music Matters. Was brought Joe Harley, a.k.a. the “Tone Poet,” on board to curate and supervise a series of reissues from the Blue Note family of labels.

Extreme attention to detail has been paid to getting these right in every conceivable way, from the jacket graphics and printing quality to superior LP mastering (direct from the master tapes) by Kevin Gray to superb 180g audiophile LP pressings by Record Technology, Inc. Every aspect of these Tone Poet releases is done to the highest possible standard. It means that you will never find a superior version. This is IT.

This mono Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio) from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Technology, Inc. (RTI), and packaged in a deluxe tip-on jacket with a booklet.

Donald Byrd – Trumpet
Doug Watkins – Bass
Ray Santisi – Piano
Jim Zitano – Drums

Side A:

  1. Little Rock Getaway
  2. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  3. People Will Say We’re in Love

Side B:

  1. If I Love Again
  2. What’s New
  3. Stella by Starlight

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