Composed by
Donald Byrd
Arranged by
Jock McKenzie
£ 25.00 

Hush is the fifth album by American pianist and arranger Duke Pearson, recorded in 1962 it features performances by an unusual quintet featuring two trumpeters, Donald Byrd and Johnny Coles.

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  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 4 Trombones
  • 1 Tuba
  • 1 Drum Kit




Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II (1932-2013) was an American jazz and rhythm & blues trumpeter. A sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, Byrd was known as one of the rare bebop jazz musicians who successfully explored funk and soul while remaining a jazz artist. As a bandleader, Byrd was an influence on the early career of Herbie Hancock. He performed with Lionel Hampton before leaving school. After playing in a United States Air Force band, Byrd obtained a bachelor's degree in music from Wayne State University and a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music. At the Manhattan School, he joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, as the successor to Clifford Brown. After leaving the Jazz Messengers he performed with many leading jazz musicians of the day, including John Coltrane, SonnyRollins, Thelonious Monk, and Herbie Hancock. Byrd's 1961 LP Royal Flush markedthe Blue Note debut of Hancock who came to further attention with Byrd's successful 1962 album Free Form. Hancock has credited Byrd as being a key influence in his early career recounting that he took the young pianist under his wings when he was a struggling musician, newly arrived in New York. During his time teaching at North Carolina Central University during the 1980s, he formed a group which included students from the college called the "125th St NYC Band". They recorded the Love Byrd album, which featured Isaac Hayes on drums and the track "Love Has Come Around" which went on to become a huge disco hit.

“This is absolutely one of the finest and most creative brass ensembles in the world."

Marc Dickman
University of South Florida writing in the International Trombone Association Journal

“Under the Spell of Spain defies any category other than: superb.”

Nicholas F. Mondello

“The entire programme can be likened to a sumptuous feast, with each track having its own highly delectable and thoroughly satisfying flavour. The CD is surely compulsive listening for all brass and percussion enthusiasts.”

C Brian Buckley
Brass Band World

“Many recordings over the last few decades have demonstrated the superb quality of British brass playing; 'Under the Spell of Spain' will rightfully take its place among them.”

Paul Sarcich

"WOW !!!!! all of you should be locked up !!!! What great stuff - the compositions/arrangements, the playing (OUTRAGEOUS !!! ), everything is simply fantastic. (actually - i couldn't have expected anything less ! ) Many, many thanks to you and all for your superb contributions. yet again, you've managed to raise the bar! (an inch or two is ok but a few yards is really unfair !!!!!!!!!! )"

Jiggs Whigham
International Jazz Trombone Soloist, Musical Director, BBC Big Band, President International Trombone Association and Professor Hanns Eisler College of Music, Berlin

"Who but the best professionals could live up to this ?... Everything about this disc is to be recommended, the recording is crystal clear and the playing and arranging of the first water”

Dr. Paul Sarcich

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