At the Half Note Cafe

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At the Half Note Cafe
At the Half Note Cafe.jpg
Live album by Donald Byrd
Released 1960
Recorded November 11, 1960
Genre Jazz
Length 121:26 (Double CD reissue)
Label Blue Note
Donald Byrd chronology
Byrd in Flight
At the Half Note Cafe
Motor City Scene

At the Half Note Cafe is a live album by American trumpeter Donald Byrd recorded in 1960 at the Half Note in Manhattan and released on the Blue Note label originally as two single LP issues (BLP 4060 and BLP 4061) and reissued as a double CD set.[1]


The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4½ stars and stated "This was a hot quintet, one that not only swung hard, but possessed a deep lyricism and an astonishing sense of timing, and one need only this set by them to feel the full measure of their worth".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Donald Byrd except as indicated
  1. Introduction by Ruth Mason - 1:20
  2. "My Girl Shirl" (Duke Pearson) - 10:32
  3. "Soulful Kiddy" - 9:55
  4. "Child's Play" (Byrd, Pearson) - 8:45
  5. "Chant" (Pearson) - 11:03
  6. "A Portrait of Jennie" (Gordon Burdge, J. Russel Robinson) 6:48
  7. "Cecile" - 14:46
  8. "Jeannine" (Oscar Brown, Jr., Pearson) - 13:08
  9. "Pure D. Funk" - 6:09
  10. "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) - 9:54
  11. "Theme from Mr. Lucky" (Henry Mancini) - 10:51
  12. "Kimyas" - 11:58
  13. "When Sunny Gets Blue" (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal) - 6:17
    • Recorded at the Half Note Cafe, NY on November 11, 1960.



  1. ^ Donald Byrd discography accessed August 31, 2010
  2. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed January 4, 2013