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Caricatures

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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
One of his last efforts with the Mizell production team was definitely not his most critically acclaimed, but Caricatures continued Byrd's commercial winning streak that started years previous with 1969's Kofi and such '70s Blue Note classics as Places and Spaces, Black Byrd, and Street Lady. His last release for the label was no exception to the formula set forth from the previously mentioned albums. One of Caricatures strongest features is the level of musicianship from start to finish. Byrd recruited some of the top '70s soul-jazz musicians, such as Gary Bartz, Alphonse Mouzon, David T Walker, and future '80s R&B hitmaker Patrice Rushen, to help complement the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
One of his last efforts with the Mizell production team was definitely not his most critically acclaimed, but Caricatures continued Byrd's commercial winning streak that started years previous with 1969's Kofi and such '70s Blue Note classics as Places and Spaces, Black Byrd, and Street Lady. His last release for the label was no exception to the formula set forth from the previously mentioned albums. One of Caricatures strongest features is the level of musicianship from start to finish. Byrd recruited some of the top '70s soul-jazz musicians, such as Gary Bartz, Alphonse Mouzon, David T Walker, and future '80s R&B hitmaker Patrice Rushen, to help complement the musicianship laid down by Byrd and the Mizell brothers. The atmosphere is light and soulful, with musicians bouncing off one another for ideas that shift closer towards R&B while maintaining a sense of jazz ideals. While there is no truly memorable anthemic release or hit to speak of, Caricatures serves its primary purpose of being a jazz fusion record to make both people dance and purists wince at the notion that jazz can fuse with other elements and achieve success.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2003
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724358073225
  • Catalog Number: 80732
  • Sales rank: 28,814

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dance Band (6:13)
  2. 2 Wild Life (5:59)
  3. 3 Caricatures (5:10)
  4. 4 Science Funktion (4:50)
  5. 5 Dancing in the Street (4:43)
  6. 6 Return of the King (4:51)
  7. 7 Onward 'til Morning (3:47)
  8. 8 Tell Me (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Donald Byrd Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals, Background Vocals
Patrice Rushen Keyboards
Gary Bartz Horn, Saxophone
Alphonse Mouzon Drums
David T. Walker Guitar
Wade Marcus Conductor
Vernessa Mitchell Background Vocals
George Bohannon Trombone, Horn
Oscar Brashear Trumpet, Horn
Scott Edwards Bass
Mildred Lane Vocals
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Fonce Mizell Trumpet, Horn, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Larry Mizell Background Vocals
Jerry Peters Keyboards
John Rowin Guitar
Skip Scarborough Keyboards
Stephanie Spruill Percussion
Bernard Taylor Guitar
Ernie Watts Horn, Saxophone
Mayuto Correa Percussion
Kay Haith Vocals
Theresa Mitchell Background Vocals
James Jameson Bass
Technical Credits
Marvin Gaye Composer
Wade Marcus String Arrangements
Donald Byrd Composer
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter Composer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Fonce Mizell Arranger, Composer, Producer
Larry Mizell Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jim Nipar Engineer
Sergio Reyes Engineer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer
Ria Lewerke Art Direction
Al Hirschfeld Cover Art
Burton Yount Reissue Design
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