1973 Donald Byrd – Black Byrd

Black Byrd is a 1973 album by Donald Byrd and his first for Blue Note Records produced by Larry Mizell, assisted by his brother, former Motown producer Fonce. In the jazz funk idiom, it is among Blue Note Records’ best selling album releases. The title of the album inspired the name of Byrd’s apprentice group, The Blackbyrds.

Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II (December 9, 1932 – February 4, 2013) was an American jazz and rhythm & blues trumpeter. A sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, Byrd was known as one of the only bebop jazz musicians who successfully pioneered the funk and soul genres while remaining a jazz artist. As a bandleader, Byrd is notable for his influence on the early career of Herbie Hancock.

Tracks

1  Flight Time (Larry Mizell) 8:31
2  Black Byrd (Larry Mizell) 7:21
3  Love’s So Far Away (Larry Mizell) 6:03
4  Mr. Thomas (Larry Mizell, Warren Jordan) 5:04
5  Sky High (Larry Mizell) 5:58
6  Slop Jar Blues (Larry Mizell) 5:41
7  Where Are We Going? (Larry Mizell, Edward Larry Gordon) 4:37

Media

Musicians

Drums Harvey Mason Sr
Piano Freddie Perren
Piano Joe Sample
Synthesizer Freddie Perren
Lute Roger Glenn
Sax Roger Glenn
Trumpet Fonce Mizell
Vocals Freddie Perren
Vocals Fonce Mizell
Vocals Larry Mizell

Other Musicians

1 Flight Time

Bass Wilton Felder
Guitar Dean Parks
Percussion Bobbye Hall


2 Black Byrd

Bass Chuck Rainey
Guitar David T Walker
Percussion Stephanie Spruill


3 Love’s So Far Away

Bass Chuck Rainey
Guitar David T Walker
Percussion Stephanie Spruill


4 Mr. Thomas

Bass Wilton Felder
Guitar Dean Parks
Percussion Bobbye Hall


5 Sky High

Bass Chuck Rainey
Guitar David T Walker
Percussion Stephanie Spruill


6 Slop Jar Blues

Bass Chuck Rainey
Guitar David T Walker
Percussion Stephanie Spruill


7 Where Are We Going?

Bass Chuck Rainey
Guitar David T Walker
Percussion Stephanie Spruill

Liner Notes

Producer – Larry Mizell
Executive-Producer – George Butler
Arranged By (Arrangements) – Larry Mizell
Engineer (Assistant) – Steve Waldman
Engineer (Assistant), Mixed By (Assistant Remix Engineer) – Chuck Davis
Engineer (Chief), Mixed By (Chief Remix Engineer) – Dave Hassinger
Other (Electronic Music Consultant) – Reggie Andrews

Artwork (Graphic Art Work) – Eileen Anderson
Photography By – Art Hanson

Copyright (c) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Manufactured By – Columbia House
Recorded At – The Sound Factory