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"Originally released in 1961, Royal Flush was trumpeter Donald Byrd's eighth album for Blue Note. During this period, Byrd--who was then perhaps the finest living hard bop trumpeter--had begun concentrating his efforts on a quintet formed with baritone sax player Pepper Adams. Featuring Butch Warren on bass and Billy Higgins on drums, the quintet was most notable however, for introducing a 21-year-old Herbie Hancock to the jazz world, in his first ever recorded session! The album also features Hancock's first recorded composition, "Requiem". Hancock's first session as leader would not appear until the following year with 1962's Takin' Off."