1971 Donald Byrd – Ethiopian Knights

Ethiopian Knights is an album by American trumpeter Donald Byrd featuring performances by Byrd with Thurman Green, Harold Land, Bobby Hutcherson, and Joe Sample released on the Blue Note label in 1972.

Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II (December 9, 1932 – February 4, 2013) was an American jazz and rhythm & blues trumpeter. A sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, Byrd was known as one of the only bebop jazz musicians who successfully pioneered the funk and soul genres while remaining a jazz artist. As a bandleader, Byrd is notable for his influence on the early career of Herbie Hancock.


1  Jamie (Donald Byrd) 3:49
2  The Emperor (Donald Byrd) 15:39
3  The Little Rasti (Donald Byrd) 17:42



Bass Wilton Felder
Drums Ed Greene
Guitar Don Peake
Organ Joe Sample
Piano Bill Henderson III
Sax Harold Land
Trombone Thurman Green
Trumpet Donald Byrd
Vibes Bobby Hutcherson
Percussion Bobbye Hall

Liner Notes

Producer – George Butler
Engineer – Henry Lewym Rudy Van Gelder
Remix – Rudy Van Gelder

Design – Dave Bhang
Liner Notes – Bill Quinn
Photography By, Art Direction – Norman Seeff

Recorded At – A&M Studios
Remixed At – Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Published By – Elgy Music