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Donald Byrd: Slow Drag (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) LP

Donald Byrd

Blue Note, 1968

Donald Byrd’s 1967 album Slow Drag was one of the last pure hard bop records the trumpeter would make before his music began evolving towards jazz-funk. Byrd flies high on this gratifyingly gritty set featuring alto saxophonist Sonny Red, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Billy Higgins. This stereo Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analogue master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI, and packaged in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket.


A1: Slow Drag
A2: Secret Love
A3: Book’s Bossa

B1: Jelly Roll
B2: The Loner
B3: My Ideal

  • Recorded - May 12, 1967 at Van Gelder Studio, New Jersey
  • Engineer - Rudy Van Gelder
  • Producer - Alfred Lion