The Byron Allen Trio / The Byron Allen Trio (CD)


CD  –  Reissue / Remastered

Label: ESP Disk / Calibre

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CD  –  Reissue / Remastered

Recorded at Mira Sound Studios New York City, on September 25, 1964.
Re-mastering at Byton Studio’s Loosdrecht, The Netherlands.

Packaged in standard jewel case inside a textured card slipcase with a flap.


Format: CD

#Ref: 1005

Release date: 1999

Release notes

Byron Allen Trio was among the first batch of ESP-Disk’s jazz LPs. Recorded on the afternoon of September 25, 1964 at Mirasound Studio in midtown Manhattan, it was Allen’s debut. He had been recommended to ESP-Disk’ by Ornette Coleman, and one of the tracks, “Decision for the Cole-Man,” reflects this connection. Allen and his trio also play in a style somewhat similar to that of Coleman’s trio of that era with bassist David Izenson and drummer Charles Moffett, though that’s not to say that Allen, bassist Maceo Gilchrist, and drummer Ted Robinson don’t display a sound of their own on the four tracks here. In the years since, though Allen made only one other album (and that 15 years later), this LP acquired legendary stature among jazz fanatics.

As part of ESP-Disk’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of our founding in 1963, we reissued two of the more esoteric items from our extensive catalog of avant-garde jazz that had never been officially issued in the U.S. on CD. This is one of those. Its slipcase format reproduces the LP artwork (with two minor changes: our former addresses is deleted to avoid confusion, and a UPC code is added. Only 750 copies of this album were made, and it will not be reprinted in this format.


1.Time Is Passed

2.Three Steps In The Right Direction

3.Decision For The Cole-Man

4.Today’s Blues Tomorrow


Byron Allen (alto sax)
Maceo Gilchrist (bass)
Teddy Robinson (percussion)

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