Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
Dr. Donald Byrd's deeply rooted jazz background never stopped him from constantly pushing jazz forward, opening the minds of his listeners in the process. Produced by Larry Mizell in 1973, Black Byrd is filled with beautif... more »
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Dr. Donald Byrd's deeply rooted jazz background never stopped him from constantly pushing jazz forward, opening the minds of his listeners in the process. Produced by Larry Mizell in 1973, Black Byrd is filled with beautiful music that captures his passion for sound. The sophisticated, uptempo instrumentals are funky and danceable, but also extremely smooth. Byrd's impeccable trumpet meshes perfectly with the African-influenced beats and rhythms. Jazz purists may want to look into earlier Blue Note recordings such as Royal Flush and Byrd in Flight. --Shane Hunt
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Heading towards the light and fluffy elevator style jazz....
Daddy-o | Beatsville, USA | 09/15/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"....but not there yet. I prefer the deep funk of Byrd's "Ethiopian Knights", but "BlackByrd" has grown on me considerably. On my first listen I was taken by surprise because I wanted more "Little Rasti" and I put this away for a long time. I've been listening to it now for a few weeks straight and it's laid back summertime groove has consumed my soul. "Street Lady" has the same vibe, so I picked it up to, but I will have to stop there and dig on all the great Byrd I have. It seems after Street Lady the music got really really light and fluffy. Snore...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Go get "Fancy free", "Electric Byrd", "Ethiopian Knights", "BlackByrd" & "Street Lady" and you will have the funkiest of Donald Byrd and the best in my opinion."
You need this album!!!
Michael clarke | 04/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Don't sleep on this album! A funky fusion masterpiece-also check other Byrd albums,Caricatures,Street Lady,and my personal fave,Places and Spaces.Look for anything the Mizell Bros. worked on,it's butters.I should know,it's my pops&uncle."
William R. Nicholas | Mahwah, NJ USA | 05/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While Miles Davis was making dark, brooding, introspective electric jazz,(which I love with all my heart,) Donald Byrd decided to investigate the other end of the spectrum.
This music is light and joyous funk, with tight vocal arrngements and a fantastic session band. Byrd took the same vocal ideas he used on New Perspective, and applied them to Sly Stone grooves. This coctail resulted in sleek but subtinative music. Sweet, fat licks that you bite into like a chocolate cherry. Commercial? Yes. Top 40 material, absolutely. Right up there on 70s radio with Barry White and Steely Dan. Not bad company, right?
Music you can listen to any time of day. Perfect."