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Donald Byrd

At The Half Note Cafe Volume 1

At The Half Note Cafe Volume 1

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Released 2023, Worldwide

Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. In November 1960, trumpeter Donald Byrd brought his quintet into the Half Note Cafe in New York City to record this soulful, swinging, and highly enjoyable live set of hard bop featuring Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone), Duke Pearson (piano), Laymon Jackson (bass), and Lex Humphries (drums). The Blue Note Tone Poet Series showcases all-analog remastering.



  • : My Girl Shirl
  • A2: Soulful Kiddy
  • : A Portrait Of Jennie
  • B2: Cecile
  • B3: The Theme

Genres & Styles

Genres: Jazz
Styles: Hard Bop

Other Information

Replicates the original stereo release front cover featuring the "STEREO" sticker.

[Front cover]
Jazz at the Waterfront

[Back cover]
Recorded on November 11, 1960, at the Half Note Café, New York City.
LP Mastering by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.
A Blue Note Records release; Originally released in 1960 by Blue Note Records. © 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc., 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028, U.S.A.
Distributed by Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc. Blue Note® is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, LLC.

[Labels: the following appear before the title of the first track. A2 also includes a spoken introduction, likely by Donald Byrd, although not explicitly stated.]
Side A - Introduction by Ruth Mason
Side B - Introduction by Donald Byrd

['Blue Note Tone Poet Series' sticker]
Cut directly from the original analog tapes.
Recorded By Rudy Van Gelder.
Reissue Supervised by Joe Harley.
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.
Manufactured at Record Technology Inc. (RTI) on 180 gram vinyl.

Runouts are etched.

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* Audio and tracklist in this preview may differ from the vinyl record. See tracklist for the vinyl record above.