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Issue 1101

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Donald Byrd: Black Bryd

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UK release date 04.11.2022

Donald Byrd is back! This is the new single from the late great trumpeter, an unearthed gem (that will accompany a fully manifested album) from Montreaux Jazz Festival 1973 and boy it's a winner. Byrd was on top of his game in this period, with his crossover fusion album "Black Byrd" flying high and spreading the Jazz Funk credos.

This track opens with a killer synth bassline, simple, but devastatingly succinct. Drummer Keith Kilgo teases us with some hi-hat intro magic before he explodes into some breakbeat blessedness and the whole groove kicks in with a funky chant, followed by call-and-response horn section lines and wah-wah wickedness.

Fresh sounding and timeless with a beautiful live feel, the track gathers steam and explosive energy going into a transcendental spacey, echoed sax courtesy of either Allen Jones or Nathan Jones (both played tenor on the gig) and spreads out rather magnificently. Suffice to say, this is an excellent teaser for the forthcoming album and you have to give props to Gilles Peterson, who got Blue Note to do some Crate diggin', finding this performance in their hallowed vaults.
Words Emrys Baird

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