Fuego (Donald Byrd album)

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Studio album by Donald Byrd
Released July 1960[1]
Recorded October 4, 1959
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 40:56
Label Blue Note
BLP 4026
BST 84026
Producer Alfred Lion
Donald Byrd chronology
Byrd in Hand
(1959)Byrd in Hand1959
Byrd in Flight
(1960)Byrd in Flight1960

Fuego is an album by American trumpeter Donald Byrd recorded in 1959 and released on the Blue Note label in 1960 as BLP 4026, featuring Byrd with Jackie McLean, Duke Pearson, Doug Watkins and Lex Humphries.[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Down Beat 3.5/5 stars[3]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[5]


The Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos awarded the album 4 stars and stated "hard bop is at the core of this band, but Byrd is moving further into post-bop... as he takes a break from forceful interaction to play a more democratic role on this refined and mature album that is less brash, a prelude for his more powerful statements yet to come".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Donald Byrd
  1. "Fuego" - 6:38
  2. "Bup a Loup" - 4:05
  3. "Funky Mama" - 10:58
  4. "Low Life" - 6:02
  5. "Lament" - 8:27
  6. "Amen" - 4:46



  1. ^ Billboard Jul 25, 1960
  2. ^ Donald Byrd discography accessed August 31, 2010
  3. ^ Down Beat: September 15, 1960 Vol. 27, No. 19
  4. ^ a b Nastos, M. G. Allmusic Review accessed August 31, 2010
  5. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 36. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.