Royal Flush (album)

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Royal Flush
Royal Flush (album).jpg
Studio album by Donald Byrd
Released September 1962[1]
Recorded September 21, 1961
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 41:00
Label Blue Note
BST 84101
Producer Alfred Lion
Donald Byrd chronology
The Cat Walk
Royal Flush
Free Form
Alternative cover
BLP 4101

Royal Flush is an album by American trumpeter Donald Byrd featuring Byrd with Pepper Adams, Herbie Hancock, Butch Warren, and Billy Higgins recorded in 1961 and released on the Blue Note label as BLP 4101.[2] The album is notable for pianist Herbie Hancock's first Blue Note session to be released.


The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album 3 stars and stated "For the most part, the quintet plays a set of vital hard bop... But what's really interesting is when they begin pushing the boundaries".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Down Beat 4/5 stars[4]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Donald Byrd except as indicated
  1. "Hush" - 6:24
  2. "I'm a Fool to Want You" (Joel Herron, Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf) - 6:15
  3. "Jorgie's" - 8:07
  4. "Shangri-La" - 6:37
  5. "6M's" - 6:30
  6. "Requiem" (Hancock) - 7:07



  1. ^ Billboard Sep 22, 1962
  2. ^ Donald Byrd discography accessed August 31, 2010
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed August 31, 2010
  4. ^ Down Beat: January 17, 1963 vol. 30, no. 2