Donald Byrd ‎– Ethiopian Knights

Blue Note ‎– BST 84380
Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress


A1 The Emperor 15:40
A2 Jamie 4:00
B1 The Little Rasti 17:44

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Repressing on all-blue label with "black note".

VAN GELDER stamped in the run out

Recorded at A&M Recording Studios
Recorded: August 25th & 26th, 1971
Remix at: Van Gelder Recording Studios
Pub. by Elgy Music Pub. Co. BMI

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BST-84380 Donald Byrd Ethiopian Knights(LP, Album) Blue Note BST-84380 US 1972 Sell This Version
7243 8 54328 2 8 Donald Byrd Ethiopian Knights(CD, Album, RE) Blue Note 7243 8 54328 2 8 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
BST 84380 Donald Byrd Ethiopian Knights(LP, Album, RP) Blue Note BST 84380 US Unknown Sell This Version
TOCJ-1623, BST-84380 Donald Byrd Ethiopian Knights(CD, Album, RE, RM) Blue Note, Blue Note TOCJ-1623, BST-84380 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
BST 84380 Donald Byrd Ethiopian Knights(LP, Album, RP) Blue Note BST 84380 US 1975 Sell This Version


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February 20, 2013
edited over 6 years ago
Down-tempo, funky, groove melting jazz funk without any pretentiousness of fusion(the complete opposite of Mahavishnu). Byrd lets the bands stretch out in three spacey rhythmic compositions. Lots of great Rhodes, wah guitar and of course Byrd's cool and ultra hip trumpet playing. In addition he invited Joe Sample & Stix Hopper from the Crusaders to join the ensemble(does it get any better circa 1972?). This is the kind of jazz anyone with a funk bone in their body can move too. Before the disco laden stuff he released later on and on the cusp of jazzy funkdom. Recommended!!


September 6, 2011
I am trying to locate a copy of a poem written in the liner notes of Ethiopian Knights by Donald Byrd. The poem was written by Bill Quinn. Can anyone help? Thank you.


July 15, 2011
Are the pictures of the BST 84380 first pressing correct? My copy has in the lower left corner on the sleeve a reference "MCMLXXII United Artists Records, Inc. BST-84380" and the reference as well as the Blue Note logo are kind of light blue. In addition to that is the white and blue label instead of the blue with black "b" on the media that is shown on this page. Maybe someone can help me and clear this up as I am not sure which version I have in my collection.