Out of this World · The Complete Warwick Sessions
  • Donald Byrd
    Donald Byrd
  • Pepper Adams
    Pepper Adams
  • Warwick LP W 2041
    Warwick LP W 2041
  • Herbie Hancock
    Herbie Hancock

Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams

Out of this World · The Complete Warwick Sessions

Fresh Sound Records

Donald Byrd (tp), Pepper Adams (bs), Herbie Hancock (p), Teddy Charles (vib), Laymon Jackson (b), Jimmy Cobb (d)

Reference: FSRCD 335

Bar code: 8427328603355

Perhaps because they had been working together with some degree of regularity since late in 1960, this turned out to be one of the most successful collaborations between Donald Byrd and Pepper Adams. Long-time friends and record-date mates, the two made a strong front line. While they are musically compatible, there are enough differences in their conceptions to give the group the necessary ingredient of contrast. The rhythm section featured for this particular recording the effective drumming of Jimmy Cobb -a Miles Davis regular- along with bassist Laymon Jackson, and a young Herbie Hancock on his first recording date. These three men gave the session at hand the solid, cohesive feeling that makes them so memorable.

01. Byrd House (Donald Byrd) 10:50
02. Mr. Lucky Theme (Henry Mancini) 8:07
03. Day Dreams (Ellintong-Strayhorn) 5:07
04. I'm An Old Cowhand (Johnny Mercer) 9:42
05. Curro's (Donald Byrd) 11:50
06. It's a Beautiful Evening (Wayne-Rasch) 5:20
07. Out Of This World (Arlen-Mercer) 9:38

Album details

All tracks originally issued as Warwick LP W 2041

Donald Byrd (trumpet), Papper Adams (baritone sax), Herbie Hancock (piano), Laymon Jackson (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums), Teddy Charles (vibes, only on #6).
Recorded in New York City, on March 2, 1961

Cover design: Blaise Studio
Photography: Jason Rose

Original session supervised by Teddy Charles
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
© 2003 by Fresh Sound Records

Stereo · Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"This set of sides recorded with the then-fledgling Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams quintet was taped for the long-defunct Warwick label. While Byrd and Adams along with Jimmy Cobb and Charles, who is only on one track here were veterans in Detroit before coming to the Big Apple, Herbie Hancock was a kid. His playing is the weak link here, but it nonetheless shows great promise and he acts more as an anchor for the wondrous interplay between the front line-check of Byrd's "Bird House" or the title track or even Johnny Mercer's "I'm an Old Cowhand" for the wooly, yet lyrical, interplay between this pair of soloists. With his rough and tumble tone punching through Byrd's elegant and fiery lines and creating a melodically charged harmonic invention in which the interval was everything, Adams came up with a session that was as passionate and innovative as it was hip and tender. This is a hell of an introduction to both players and captures their magic as a band better than any other document that is available on CD."

Thom Jurek (All Music Guide)


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