Donald Byrd is a living legend and a total innovator. Jazz purists love to cry foul of the moves he made in his career, but I prefer to call him a purveyor of genuine musical progress. After a long career steeped heavily in the Bluenote jazz/bop scene, the 70's rolled in and the landscape of jazz completely changed. Instead of calling it a day and staying the musical course, he hooked up with the influential production duo the Mizell Brothers. Together they laid down a series of groundbreaking jazz/disco fusion lp's. The Mizell production aesthetic was filled with soaring disco strings, jazzy horn lines and heavy funk backbeats.
By the time the 80's creeped around, Donald (now well into his 50's) produced two boogie records with the aid of soul godfather Isaac Hayes. The albums they produced with his new band, 125th Street NYC, drip with the flavor of modern soul heat. "Love Has Come Around" in particular is an all time favorite.
Donald Byrd - Dominoes
Donald Byrd - Love Has Come Around
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