Monday, September 17, 2007

Love Has Come Around  

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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  • May 21, 2009 at 4:48 PM  

    'love has come around' is genius. byrd made some great records earlier on as a jazzer but this one is the best thing he ever did.

  • October 18, 2009 at 5:27 AM  

    Finally, after all these years since 1988, now I know the original source from which Stetsasonic got its sampled bassline riff from. Dominoes. Here's a link to Stetsasonic's 1988 remix of "Talkin All That Jazz" (Dominoes Mix) ....