Places and Spaces

Places and Spaces

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by Donald Byrd
     
 

Reuniting with Larry Mizell, the man behind his last three LPs, Donald Byrd continues to explore contemporary soul, funk, and R&B with Places and Spaces. In fact, the record sounds more urban than its predecessor, which often played like a Hollywood version of the inner city. Keeping the See more details below

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Reuniting with Larry Mizell, the man behind his last three LPs, Donald Byrd continues to explore contemporary soul, funk, and R&B with Places and Spaces. In fact, the record sounds more urban than its predecessor, which often played like a Hollywood version of the inner city. Keeping the Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, and Sly Stone influences of Street Lady, Places and Spaces adds elements of Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Stevie Wonder, which immediately makes the album funkier and more soulful. Boasting sweeping string arrangements, sultry rhythm guitars, rubbery bass, murmuring flügelhorns, and punchy horn charts, the music falls halfway between the cinematic neo-funk of Street Lady and the proto-disco soul of Earth, Wind & Fire. Also, the title Places and Spaces does mean something -- there are more open spaces within the music, which automatically makes it funkier. Of course, it also means that there isn't much of interest on Places and Spaces for jazz purists, but the album would appeal to most fans of Philly soul, lite funk, and proto-disco.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/1997
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724385432620
catalogNumber:
54326
Rank:
3385

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Donald Byrd   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
King Errisson   Conga
Tyree Glenn   Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Rainey   Electric Bass
Wade Marcus   Conductor
George Bohannon   Trombone
Ray Brown   Trumpet
James Carter   Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument)
Harvey Mason   Drums
Craig McMullen   Guitar
Fonce Mizell   Trumpet,Clavichord,Vocals,Clavinet
Larry Mizell   Piano,Vocals
John Rowin   Guitar
Skip Scarborough   Electric Piano
Mayuto Correa   Percussion,Conga
Kay Haith   Vocals

Technical Credits

Wade Marcus   String Arrangements
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Val Garay   Engineer
David Hassinger   Remixing
Steve Maslow   Engineer,Remixing
Fonce Mizell   Producer
Larry Mizell   Composer,Producer
Jim Nipar   Engineer
Tom Evered   Producer
Bob Cato   Art Direction
Harold Clayton   Composer
Patrick Roque   Redesign

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