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Founded in 1980 as an independent music store, the Princeton Record Exchange continues to promote and support some of the best musicians and their recordings, including Donald Byrd CDs, DVDs and more. Read about us in Published Articles and read our Customer Reviews on We appreciate your support for our indie music store!

Our in-store music selection of over 100,000 CDs and LPs includes: Rock, Alternative, Punk, Jazz, Classical, Soul, Funk, Blues, Hip Hop, other genres, and often Donald Byrd albums. Our in-store DVD selection of over 10,000 titles includes: Action, Comedy, Criterion, Disney, TV DVDs and more. We hope you can visit our unique record store to see our Donald Byrd record collection, Donald Byrd CD collection and much more. We are located in historic downtown Princeton, New Jersey, about one hour from New York City and Philadelphia, which is easily accessible by car, train and bus.

Sell us your unwanted CDs DVDs and Vinyl, and they will be recycled into the hands of music and movie lovers who can appreciate them again. From personal collections to estate collections, from reviewer/radio station surplus to entire store inventories- no collection is too large! Contact us in order to determine how much we can pay you for your collection.

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They Might Be Giants played free show this past Record Store Day, April 21st, 2012!

You may not know this, but independent record stores have a holiday all their own. The third Saturday of April every year is National Record Store Day! We've participated in every one since it began five years ago, and every year we've had a fantastic turnout. This past April, we were thrilled to have the Grammy-award winning band They Might Be Giants help us celebrate by performing a free concert in the nearby Princeton Public Library courtyard. 

At this point, a very small percentage of you may be wondering, "wait, who are these guys?" I'm glad you asked - but the truth of the matter is you've probably heard them and just don't know it. Have you ever seen the intro to the hit TV show "Malcolm in the Middle"? That's them. Have you ever gotten "The Daily Show's" opening song stuck in your head? That's them, and we were honored that they chose our store as the place where they wanted to play.

We'd like to mention a special thanks to our friends at Princeton Public Library who graciously agreed to host the concert. (With all the merchandise we carry, we didn’t have the space!). The staff really went out of their way to pull this off.

The weather was great, the band was in fine form and the turnout was fantastic!  Over 1,000 folks showed up, and the band spent hours at the store after at a meet-and-greet posing for photos and signing autographs.  It was truly a memorable day.

In addition to TMBG, Record Store Day featured hundreds of limited edition vinyl records from the most talented musicians of our time. If you're interested in one of the limited edition releases at the next Record Store Day, we highly recommend you arrive early to maximize your chances of buying a copy. It's first come, first serve, so we look forward to seeing you bright and early!


Donald Byrd Biography

Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II (born December 9, 1932) is an American jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter, born in Detroit, Michigan. He 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, he obtained a bachelor's degree in music from Wayne State University and a master's degree from Manhattan School of Music. While still at the Manhattan School he joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, replacing Clifford Brown. After leaving the Jazz Messengers in 1956 he performed with a wide variety of highly regarded jazz musicians, including John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, and Thelonious Monk.

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Donald Byrd Discography Updated January 2007
Donald Byrd Albums

Donald Byrd Vinyl & Donald Byrd CDs: Studio Recordings

1955 First Flight: Yusef Lateef with Donald Byrd Delmark
1955 Long Green Savoy
1955 Byrd's Word Savoy Jazz
1956 Two Trumpets Prestige
1956 September Afternoon Discovery
1956 The Jazz Message Of... Savoy
1957 Modern Jazz Perspective (Jazz Lab, Vol. 2) Columbia
1957 Jazz Lab Jubilee
1957 Star Eyes Savoy
1958 Three Trumpets Original Jazz
1958 Off to the Races Blue Note
1959 Byrd in Hand Blue Note
1959 Fuego Import
1960 Byrd in Flight Blue Note
1960 Stardust Bethlehem
1960 Motor City Scene Rhino
1961 Chant Blue Note
1961 The Cat Walk Blue Note
1961 Royal Flush Blue Note
1961 Free Form Blue Note
1962 Groovin' for Nat 1201 Music
1963 A New Perspective EMI
1964 Up with Donald Byrd Verve
1964 I'm Tryin' to Get Home Blue Note
1966 Mustang! Blue Note
1967 Blackjack Blue Note
1967 Slow Drag Japanese
1967 The Creeper Blue Note
1969 Fancy Free Blue Note
1969 Kofi Blue Note
1970 Electric Byrd Blue Note
1971 Ethiopian Knights Blue Note
1972 Black Byrd Blue Note
1973 Street Lady Blue Note
1974 Stepping into Tomorrow Blue Note
1975 Places and Spaces Blue Note
1976 Caricatures Blue Note
1978 Thank You...For F.U.M.L. (Funking Up My Life) Elektra
1981 Love Byrd: Donald Byrd and 125th St, N.Y.C. Discovery
1983 Words, Sounds, Colors and Shapes Elektra
1987 Harlem Blues Landmark
1989 Getting Down to Business Landmark
1991 A City Called Heaven Landmark
2000 Touchstone Starburst
2002 The Transition Sessions Blue Note
2003 Out of This World Import

Compilation Donald Byrd Records and Donald Byrd CD Releases

1955 Byrd Jazz Transition
1955 Byrd's Eye View Transition
1956 House of Byrd Prestige
1957 Early Byrd Columbia
1957 Young Byrd Milestone
1957 Byrd Blows on Beacon Hill Transition
1961 Hip-Intertainment, Vol. 1 VGM
1963 Gigi Gryce/Donald Byrd Josie
1963 Body & Soul New Jazz
1966 Early Byrd: The Best of the Jazz Soul Years Blue Note
1992 The Best of Donald Byrd Blue Note
1995 Jazz Lab/Modern Jazz Perspective Collectables
1998 Blue Breakbeats Blue Note
1998 Landmarks Savoy Jazz
2000 The Third World Collectables
2000 Complete Blue Note Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams... Mosaic x
2002 Timeless Donald Byrd Savoy Jazz
2003 1961
2003 Essential EMI
2004 Soul of Jazz Percussion Fresh Sound
2005 Au Chat Qui Peche Fresh Sound

Live Donald Byrd Vinyl and Donald Byrd CD's

1958 Jazz in Paris: Donald Byrd Quintet Parisian... Universal
1958 Jazz in Paris: Byrd in Paris Verve
1958 Donald Byrd & The Cecil Taylor Quartet at...
1960 Donald Byrd at the Half Note Cafe, Vol. 1-2 Blue Note
1960 Donald Byrd at the Half Note Cafe, Vol. 1 Blue Note
1960 Donald Byrd at the Half Note Cafe, Vol. 2 Capitol
1992 Au Chat qui Peche, 1958 Fresh Sound
2003 At the Half Note Cafe, Vol. 2 Toshiba-EMI
2003 At the Half Note Cafe, Vol. 1 Blue Note
2004 At the Half Note Cafe, Vol. 1-2 Blue Note

Donald Byrd Compact Discs while known as The Blackbyrds

Blackbyrds (1973) Producer
Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975) Composer
City Life/Unfinished Business (1975) Producer
Greatest Hits (1989) Producer
Action/Better Days (1995) Trumpet, Producer
Blackbyrds/Flying Start (1995) Vocals, Producer
The Blackbyrds & Charles... At the Movies (2001) Producer

Donald Byrd Music CD Appearances

Pepper Adams 10 to 4 at the Five-Spot (1958) Trumpet
Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams Motor City Scene (1960) Trumpet
Pepper Adams Out of This World (1961) Performer
Cannonball Adderley Spontaneous Combustion (1955) Trumpet
Cannonball Adderley Adderleys: Cannonball & Nat (1955) Trumpet
Cannonball Adderley Discoveries (1955) Trumpet
The Adderley Brothers Summer of '55 (1999) Trumpet
Cannonball Adderley Timeless (2002) Trumpet
Cannonball Adderley Bohemia After Dark (2003) Trumpet
Gene Ammons Greatest Hits: The 50's (1950) Trumpet
Gene Ammons Jammin' with Gene (1956) Trumpet
Gene Ammons Jammin' with Gene/Gene Ammons Jam... (1956) Trumpet
Angelo Angelo (1976) Horn
Lou Bennett Pentacostal Feeling (2002) Trumpet, Arranger
David Berger Sultans of SW Harlem Nutcracker (1999) Librettist, Director, Choreographer
Art Blakey Jazz Messenger (1956) Trumpet
Art Blakey Jazz Messengers (1956) Trumpet
Art Blakey Holiday for Skins, Vol. 1-2 (1958) Trumpet
Art Blakey Holiday for Skins, Vol. 1 (1958) Trumpet
Art Blakey This Is Jazz, Vol. 28 (1997) Trumpet
Donald Brown Sources of Inspiration (1989) Liner Notes
Alex Bugnon Love Season (1989) Liner Notes
Alex Bugnon Head Over Heels (1990) Trumpet
Alex Bugnon This Time Around (1993) Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Kenny Burrell All Day Long/All Night Long (1956) Trumpet, Performer
Kenny Burrell & The... All Night Long (1956) Trumpet, Performer
Kenny Burrell with Jimmy... Two Guitars (1957) Trumpet
Kenny Burrell All Day Long (1957) Trumpet
Kenny Burrell All Day Long [Expanded] (1990) Trumpet
Kenny Burrell Kenny Burrell & The Jazz Giants (1998) Trumpet
Kenny Burrell Incontournables (2000) Trumpet
Conte Candoli/Lou Levy... West Coast Wailers/Sings Ballads... (1999) Trumpet
Paul Chambers/John... High Step (1955) Trumpet
Paul Chambers Chambers' Music (1956) Trumpet
Paul Chambers Whims of Chambers (1956) Trumpet
Paul Chambers Paul Chambers Quintet (1957) Trumpet
Paul Chambers Mosaic Select: Paul Chambers (2003) Trumpet
Sonny Clark Sonny's Crib (1957) Trumpet
Sonny Clark My Conception (1959) Trumpet
Sonny Clark Best of the Blue Note Years (2001) Trumpet
Kenny Clarke Bohemia After Dark (1955) Trumpet
Kenny Clarke Klook's Clique (1956) Trumpet
John Coltrane John Coltrane: The Prestige... (1956) Trumpet
John Coltrane Art of John Coltrane (1956) Trumpet
John Coltrane Two Tenors (1956) Trumpet
John Coltrane John Coltrane and the Jazz Giants (1956) Trumpet
John Coltrane Jazz Showcase (1956) Trumpet
John Coltrane Lush Life (1957) Trumpet
John Coltrane Last Trane (1957) Trumpet
John Coltrane Bethlehem Years (1957)
John Coltrane Blue Trane: John Coltrane Plays... (1957) Trumpet
John Coltrane Black Pearls (1958) Trumpet
John Coltrane Believer (1958) Trumpet
John Coltrane Trane's Blues (1999) Trumpet
John Coltrane Incontournables (2000) Trumpet
John Coltrane Legacy [Impulse!] (2002) Trumpet
John Coltrane John Coltrane Plays for Lovers... (2003) Trumpet
DJ Spinna Strange Games and Things (2001) Performer
Miles Davis Super Horns (1994) Performer
Walter Davis, Jr. Davis Cup (1959) Trumpet
Klaus Doldinger Works & Passion (2001) Trumpet
Eric Dolphy Naima (1964) Trumpet
Eric Dolphy Unrealized Tapes (1964) Trumpet
Lou Donaldson Lou Takes Off (1957) Trumpet
Lou Donaldson Wailing with Lou (1957) Trumpet
Lou Donaldson Best of Lou Donaldson, Vol. 1:... (1993) Trumpet
Kenny Drew Trio-Quartet-Quintet (1956) Trumpet
Kenny Drew Quintet/Quartet This Is New (1957) Trumpet
Kenny Drew Hard Bop (1957) Trumpet, Performer
Lucianne Evans & Tom... Hold Back the Rain (2000) Trumpet
Art Farmer Trumpets All Out (1956) Trumpet, Performer
Art Farmer/Donald Byrd Two Trumpets (1956) Trumpet, Performer
Frank Foster with Frank... Two Franks Please! (1956) Trumpet
Red Garland Quintet High Pressure (1956) Trumpet
Red Garland Quintet All Mornin' Long (1957) Trumpet
Red Garland Quintet with... Dig It! (1957) Trumpet
Red Garland Quintet Soul Junction (1957) Trumpet
Red Garland Red's Blues (1998) Trumpet
Dexter Gordon Ballads (1961) Trumpet
Dexter Gordon Best of Dexter Gordon: The Blue... (1961) Trumpet
Dexter Gordon Dexter Gordon (1961) Trumpet
Dexter Gordon Complete Blue Note Sixties... (1961) Trumpet
Dexter Gordon One Flight Up (1964) Trumpet
Dexter Gordon Ladybird (2005) Trumpet
Bunky Green & Wynton Kelly My Baby (2001) Trumpet
Grant Green Have Guitar, Will Travel (1961) Trumpet
Grant Green/Donald Byrd His Majesty, King Funk/Up With... (1995) Trumpet, Performer
Al Grey Snap Your Fingers (1962) Trumpet
Johnny Griffin Johnny Griffin Sextet (1958) Trumpet
Johnny Griffin John Griffin Sextet (1958) Trumpet
Gigi Gryce & the Jazz Lab... Gigi Gryce and the Jazz Lab... (1957) Trumpet, Arranger
Gigi Gryce Gigi Gryce-Donald Byrd Jazz... (1957) Trumpet
The Gigi Gryce-Donald Byrd At Newport (2002) Trumpet
Guru Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 (1993) Piano, Trumpet
Guru Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New... (1995) Piano, Trumpet, Producer
Herbie Hancock Best of Herbie Hancock: The Blue... (1962) Trumpet
Herbie Hancock Jazz Profile (1962) Trumpet
Herbie Hancock Complete Blue Note Sixties... (1962) Trumpet
Herbie Hancock My Point of View (1963) Trumpet
Herbie Hancock Herbie Hancock (1968) Trumpet
Herbie Hancock Incontournables (2000) Trumpet
Herbie Hancock Day Dreams (2002) Trumpet
Herbie Hancock Essential (2003) Trumpet
Herbie Hancock Best of Herbie Hancock Trumpet
Gene Harris Tone Tantrums (1977) Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Horn Section
Jimmy Heath Nice People (1959) Trumpet
Jimmy Heath Swamp Seed (1963) Trumpet
Joe Henderson Blue Note Years (1963) Trumpet
Andre Hodeir Essais (1957) Trumpet
Elmo Hope All Star Sessions (1956) Trumpet
Elmo Hope Informal Jazz (1956) Trumpet
Howard University Jazz... Huje 2001 (2001)
Ahmad Jamal Big Byrd: The Essence, Pt. 2 (1997) Trumpet
Ahmad Jamal Big Byrd: The Essence, Pt. 2 (2002) Trumpet
Jazz Eyes Jazz Eyes (1994) Trumpet
John Jenkins Jazz Eyes (1957) Trumpet, Performer
Various Artists Wave: Antonio Carlos Jobim... (1962) Trumpet
Hank Jones Hank Jones Quartet/Quintet (1955) Trumpet
Hank Jones Bluebird (1955) Trumpet
Thad Jones Magnificent Thad Jones, Vol. 3 (1956) Trumpet
François K Choice: A Collection of Classics (2002) Performer
Danny Krivit Grass Roots (2001) Producer
Yusef Lateef Every Village Has a Song: The... (1949) Trumpet, Performer
Michel Legrand With Miles... Legrand Jazz (1958) Trumpet
Michel Legrand Legrand Jazz [Bonus Tracks] (2002) Trumpet
Mundell Lowe T.V. Action Jazz!, Vol. 1 (1959) Trumpet
MC Eiht Featuring CMW Last Man Standing (1997) Engineer
The Jackie McLean Quintet Jackie McLean Quintet [Jubilee... (1955) Trumpet
Jackie McLean Jackie McLean Quintet (1955) Trumpet
Jackie McLean Lights Out! (1956) Trumpet
Jackie McLean 4, 5 and 6 (1956) Trumpet
Jackie McLean Jackie's Bag (1959) Trumpet
Jackie McLean New Soil (1959) Trumpet
Jackie McLean Vertigo (1959) Trumpet
Jackie McLean Jackie's Bag [Bonus Tracks] (2003) Trumpet
James McMillan Crescent Moon (1994) Trumpet
Gil Melle Quartet Gil's Guests (1956) Trumpet, Performer
Mo Thugs Family Mo Thugs Family Scriptures (1997)

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