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Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II was born in Detroit, MI, on December 9, 1932. His father, a Methodist minister, was an amateur musician, and Byrd was already an accomplished trumpeter by the time he finished high school, having performed with Lionel Hampton. Byrd served a stint in the Air Force, during which time he played in a military band, and subsequently completed his bachelor’s degree in music at Wayne State University in 1954. He moved to New York in 1955 to get his master’s at the Manhattan School of Music, and soon began performing with pianist George Wallington’s group. In December of that year, he was invited to join Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, filling a chair once held by his idol, Clifford Brown, and Kenny Dorham. Byrd also began his recording career during this period, leading several sessions (mostly for Savoy) and working often as a sideman, particularly at the Prestige label. He left the Jazz Messengers in 1956 and joined up with Max Roach; he went on to play with the likes of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Red Garland, and also co-founded the Jazz Lab Quintet with altoist Gigi Gryce in 1957. This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.

Places and Spaces was again produced by Larry and Fonce Mizell, famed among Jazz-Funk fans for their sophisticated yet street-oriented Jazz-Funk concept and arrangements, and despised by the hardbop audience who wanted their Donald Byrd fully acoustic and swinging. Allmusic awarded the album with 4 stars and its review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine states: "Boasting sweeping string arrangements, sultry rhythm guitars, rubbery bass, murmuring flügelhorns, and punchy horn charts, the music falls halfway between the cinematic neo-funk of Street Lady and the proto-disco soul of Earth, Wind & Fire." [2] In popular culture [ edit ] The song "You And Music" appeared in the video game Grand Theft Auto V, on the in-game radio station WorldWide FM. Replica reissue of the 1975 US 1st edition, limited to 600 copies on opaque dark blue ("Blue Note blue") vinyl. Available exclusively at the Turntable Lab store in New York City and online via turntablelab.com. Includes a replica of the original custom inner sleeve and an obi strip unique to this release. New liner notes by Andrew "DJ Roctakon" Brown.

Places and Spaces is an album by American trumpeter Donald Byrd, that was released on Blue Note in 1975.

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