Born Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II in Detroit, Michigan in December 1932 Donald Bryd was a one of a kind trumpeter whose work spanned several decades and genres. Byrd was known for not only for his indelible work in jazz (in a career in which he played alongside the likes of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, Thelonious Monk, and Herbie Hancock), but also in R & B, soul, and funk. And of course hip-hop fans know his work from the countless times it has been sampled. Large Professor, Organized Konfusion, Black Moon, The Pharcyde, Nas, Public Enemy, Madlib, and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien are among the many that sampled him…In recent decades Byrd was known as an educator lecturing at numerous institutions on music.

of course there is this amazing 1993 moment with Gang Starr’s Guru.

according to reports, Byrd died on February 4. he was 80. more.

I'm a Fool to Want You
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Donald Byrd | I’m a Fool to Want You

This is where the phrase “Music Speaks” is realized. Nothing else should really be explained. Just listen and enjoy.