This date is actually part two of Jamal’s prior Verve release, The Essence, which for the first time paired the great piano stylist with a saxophonist. His co-soloist on that occasion was the sympathetic George Coleman. Part two date finds him working a track each with guests Joe Kennedy on violin and Donald Byrd (thus the title) on trumpet. Elsewhere Jamal is in familiar trio terrain with either James Cammack or Jamil Nasser on bass, Idris Muhammad on drums and recent percussion collaborator Manolo Badrena.
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