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Donald Byrd : Love Has Come Around: The Elektra Records Anthology 1978-1982

Donald Byrd

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UK release date 03.03.2017

There are very few artists who crossed over successfully from Jazz to the mainstream.You could probably count them on one hand who achieved this. George Benson,certainly for one and then say,Grant Green,Norman Connors and Herbie Hancock then definately this man DB! A giant in the pantheon of jazz trumpet. Who can forget his version of Cantaloup Island or the greasy sounding 'The Weasel' but like his contemporary GB, he excelled even further when he went in and wet his chops on jazz funk and let's not forget his Blackbyrds period an outfit comprised of Howard University students, where Byrd just so happened to be the head of the jazz department at this junction in time.

However this marvellous compilation concentrates on Byrd's take on disco which was in full swing and two corkers really stand out “Love Has Come Around” and “Loving You”not to mention a stellar supporting cast featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Patrice Rushen, Lenny White, Syreeta and Hayes’ Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited into the bargain as well. This a comprehensive document (31 tracks!) that should entice any lovers of disco and Jazz Fusion featuring comprehensive liner notes and rare photos across a sixteen page booklet housed in a super-jewel CD case.A veritable tome from the great Donald Byrd!
Words Emrys Baird

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