"Fuego a title that might be somewhat misleading is the final Blue Note recording exclusively pairing Donald Byrd with Jackie McLean, a fruitful partnership that set the yin of the (in this case) restrained trumpeter, against the yang of the tart and extroverted alto saxophonist. While not quite a unified whole, the two were involved in turf battles that were based on mutual respect, here exuding a quieter fire that toned down McLean and muted Byrd to attain an intriguing harmonic balance. Duke Pearson's clever piano in the middle, with Doug Watkins playing bass and favored drummer Lex Humphries, made for one of the more diverse sounds in modern jazz circa 1959-1960. Of course hard bop is at the core of this band, but Byrd is moving further into post-bop, as served up heartily by the two horns during the modal, rambling, and staggered theme of the title selection. It's more a cool flame than burning inferno, as the drum inserts of Humphries fill the cracks of the horns' bluesy ideas. On the front cover, a contemplative Donald Byrd is depicted, perhaps pondering his next move and his band five years after successfully joining the New York City jazz scene from his native Detroit. It also represents his thoughtful role in Fuego, 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." - AMG.
This is a SEALED Blue Note recording #84026 from approx. 1963.
I have been told that the record probably is a "Blue Label" but I have no way of verifying that.
Some other indications of the vintage of this LP are the label "Blue Note/A Division of Liberty Records" on the back upper L/H side and the address "43 West 61st St., New York 23" along the bottom center on the back jacket.
This is a collectible LP and very rare to find a SEALED one.
There is no return for any reason on a sealed record that has been opened.
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