At the Movies

At the Movies

by The Blackbyrds
     
 
This single-CD reissue pairs two blaxploitation soundtracks by different artists: 1975's Cornbread, Earl and Me, composed by Donald Byrd and performed by the Blackbyrds, and 1973's The Dynamite Brothers, composed and performed by Charles Earland. Cornbread, Earl and Me, which

Overview

This single-CD reissue pairs two blaxploitation soundtracks by different artists: 1975's Cornbread, Earl and Me, composed by Donald Byrd and performed by the Blackbyrds, and 1973's The Dynamite Brothers, composed and performed by Charles Earland. Cornbread, Earl and Me, which featured the movie debut of Larry Fishburne, is serviceable, routine soul-jazz background film music, varying between funk-jazz-rock vamps (such as the Sly Stone-styled instrumental workout "The One-Eye Two-Step"), snazzy jazzy bits for action scenes, and sentimental orchestrated interludes. There are also occasional vocal numbers in a pedestrian mid-'70s soul-jazz-rock mode, such as "The Cornbread Theme." It's an incidental addition to the Blackbyrds catalog. The Dynamite Brothers was one of the most obscure blaxploitation movies. Although there were some soul-jazz elements in the score, it also reflected the move among many musicians from that background into funk, fusion, and rock territory in the early- to mid-'70s, particularly in the synthesizers by Patrick Gleeson. It often sounds like the kind of music you might have heard from a band warming up a crowd for a Miles Davis concert of the time. It's suitably slightly spaced soul-funk-fusion, atmospheric but not too heavy on remarkable compositional ideas. Gleeson does come up with some eerie wavering, high-pitched effects and squiggles on his ARP 2600 and Pro Soloist synths, and Earland gets down with some real earthy, extended bluesy soloing on "Shanty Blues." Earland switches from organ to soprano sax on the most avant-garde and dissonant outing, the eight-minute "Snake."

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2001
Label:
Prestige
UPC:
0025218525527
catalogNumber:
24255

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blackbyrds   Primary Artist
Charles Earland   Organ,Synthesizer,Electric Piano,Soprano Saxophone
Billy Hart   Drums
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Patrick Gleeson   Synthesizer
Lawrence Killian   Percussion
Darryl Washington   Drums,Timpani
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson   Conductor

Technical Credits

Charles Earland   Producer,Remixing
Eddie Harris   Remixing
Mitch Farber   Arranger
Donald Byrd   Producer
Elvin Campbell   Engineer
Val Garay   Engineer
David Hassinger   Engineer
Lee Hildebrand   Liner Notes
Orrin Keepnews   Remixing

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