Caricatures is an album by American trumpeter Donald Byrd recorded and released on the Blue Note label in The AllMusic review by Rob Theakston awarded the album 3 stars and stated " Caricatures serves its primary purpose of being a jazz fusion record to make both people dance and purists wince at the notion that jazz can fuse with other elements and achieve success". This album has a slicker, more produced feel to it than his previous '70s albums but contains fine performances from Patrice Rushen, John Rowin and Scott Edwards. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Donald Byrd. AllMusic Review accessed September 6, Years indicated are for the recording s , not first release.
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As a bandleader, Byrd was an influence on the early career of Herbie Hancock. Byrd attended Cass Technical High School. He performed with Lionel Hampton before finishing high school. After playing in a military band during a term in the United States Air Force , Byrd obtained a bachelor's degree in music from Wayne State University and a master's degree from Manhattan School of Music. After leaving the Jazz Messengers in , he performed with many leading jazz musicians of the day, including John Coltrane , Sonny Rollins , Thelonious Monk , and later Herbie Hancock. Byrd's first regular group was a quintet that he co-led from to with baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams , an ensemble whose hard-driving performances are captured "live" on At the Half Note Cafe. Byrd's LP Royal Flush marked the Blue Note debut of Hancock, who came to further attention with Byrd's successful album Free Form , and these albums also featured the first recordings of Hancock's original compositions. Hancock has credited Byrd as a key influence in his early career, recounting that he took the young pianist "under his wings" when he was a struggling musician newly arrived in New York, even letting him sleep on a hide-a-bed in his Bronx apartment for several years. He was the first person to let me be a permanent member of an internationally known band.