Donald Byrd

Hip-Intertainment, Vol. 1

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This collector's LP from the VGM label is valuable in that it features pianist Herbie Hancock in one of his earliest recordings, as a member of the bop quintet co-led by Donald Byrd and baritonist Pepper Adams; bassist Cleveland Eaton and drummer Teddy Robinson complete the group. The recording quality on this live project is decent if not flawless and the band really stretches out during 9½- to 14½-minute versions of four of Byrd's originals. As is often the case with ambitious projects, there was never a second volume.