Byrd's Eye View

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Byrd's Eye View
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Studio album by
RecordedDecember 2, 1955
Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts
ProducerTom Wilson
Donald Byrd chronology
Byrd's Word
Byrd's Eye View
Byrd Blows on Beacon Hill

Byrd's Eye View is an album by trumpeter Donald Byrd recorded in 1955 and originally released on Tom Wilson's Transition label.[1] The album was later re-released as part of the compilation CD set The Transition Sessions on the Blue Note label.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

In his review for Allmusic, Jason Ankeny stated "For all intents and purposes, a Jazz Messengers session issued under Donald Byrd's name, Byrd's Eye View, captures the young trumpeter in full command of his estimable powers... despite the length and scope of the tracks, Byrd remains in complete control, performing with an authority and technical prowess that belie his age. An excellent hard bop date".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Doug's Blues" (Doug Watkins) - 12:06
  2. "El Sino" (Harneefan Mageed) - 10:02
  3. "Everything Happens to Me" (Tom Adair, Matt Dennis) - 5:44
  4. "Hank's Tune" (Hank Mobey) - 7:41
  5. "Hank's Other Tune" (Mobley) - 7:28
  6. "Crazy Rhythm" (Irving Caesar, Joseph Meyer, Roger Wolfe Kahn) - 7:35 Bonus track not released on original LP



  1. ^ Donald Byrd discography accessed September 3, 2012
  2. ^ a b Ankeny, J. Allmusic Review accessed September 3, 2012