The Cat Walk

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The Cat Walk
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1962[1]
RecordedMay 2, 1961
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
LabelBlue Note
BLP 4075
BST 84075
ProducerAlfred Lion
Donald Byrd chronology
The Cat Walk
Royal Flush

The Cat Walk is an album by American trumpeter Donald Byrd recorded in 1961 and released on the Blue Note label in 1962 as BLP 4075.[2]


The Allmusic review by Steve Leggett awarded the album 4 stars and stated "Trumpeter Donald Byrd and baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams worked together on several recordings between 1958 and 1961, and The Cat Walk is among the best... Byrd's playing throughout is typically sleek and lyrical, and Adams' sturdy, husky baritone sound is the perfect counterbalance, making The Cat Walk an essential Byrd purchase".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Donald Byrd except as indicated
  1. "Say You're Mine" (Duke Pearson) - 7:21
  2. "Duke's Mixture" (Pearson) - 7:05
  3. "Each Time I Think of You" (Byrd, Pearson) - 5:39
  4. "The Cat Walk" - 6:46
  5. "Cute" (Neal Hefti) - 6:21
  6. "Hello Bright Sunflower" (Pearson) - 7:29



  1. ^ Billboard Feb 24, 1962
  2. ^ Donald Byrd discography accessed August 31, 2010
  3. ^ a b Leggett S. Allmusic Review accessed August 31, 2010
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 36. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.