Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by The Blackbyrds
     
 

When Donald Byrd embraced soul and funk in the 1970s, some jazz players and critics didn't hesitate to lambast the trumpeter and label him a sellout. But while it's always sad to see a great improviser put his improvisatory skills on the back burner, the fact is that many of the Byrd's more commercially successful recordings were highly creative. Like Byrd's own '70s… See more details below

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When Donald Byrd embraced soul and funk in the 1970s, some jazz players and critics didn't hesitate to lambast the trumpeter and label him a sellout. But while it's always sad to see a great improviser put his improvisatory skills on the back burner, the fact is that many of the Byrd's more commercially successful recordings were highly creative. Like Byrd's own '70s dates, the albums he produced for the Blackbyrds are best described as soul and funk with jazz overtones. Anyone who seriously followed the Black music scene of the mid-1970s has heard many of the songs on this CD, which range from the dreamy "Walking In Rhythm" to invigorating funk hits like "Happy Music," "Do It Fluid" and "Rock Creek Park" (a suggestive gem that many rappers have sampled). The jazz influence is especially strong on the instrumental "Gut Level" and the peaceful "Summer Love," which has slightly Pharoah Sanders-ish qualities. But it must be stressed that this band had more to offer from an R&B standpoint than a jazz standpoint. For lovers of '70s R&B, this is a collection to savor.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/21/1989
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0025218770729
catalogNumber:
7707

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blackbyrds   Primary Artist,Horn,Vocals
Kevin Toney   Keyboards,Vocals
Wade Marcus   Conductor
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Merry Clayton   Vocals
Perk Jacobs   Percussion
Steve Johnson   Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Barney Perry   Guitar,Vocals
Orville Saunders   Guitar,Vocals
Joseph Hall   Bass,Electric Bass,Vocals
Stephen Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Allan Curtis Barnes   Flute,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Wesley Jackson   Flute,Guitar,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Keith Killgo   Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Neil Diamond   Composer
Kevin Toney   Composer,Contributor
Wade Marcus   Horn Arrangements
Donald Byrd   Producer
Val Garay   Engineer
Joe Hall   Composer
David Hassinger   Engineer
Perk Jacobs   Contributor
Steve Johnson   Contributor
Jim Nipar   Engineer
Barney Perry   Contributor
Sergio Reyes   Engineer
Gene Santoro   Liner Notes
Orville Saunders   Composer,Contributor
Jim Stern   Engineer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction,Cover Design
Joseph Hall   Contributor
Stephen Johnson   Composer
Allan Curtis Barnes   Contributor
Wesley Jackson   Contributor
Keith Killgo   Composer,Contributor
Gilbert Francois L. Silly   Composer

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