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

DrumsHarvey Mason
PianoFreddie Perren
PianoJoe Sample
SynthesizerFreddie Perren
LuteRoger Glenn
SaxRoger Glenn
TrumpetFonce Mizell
VocalsFreddie Perren
VocalsFonce Mizell
VocalsLarry Mizell

Other Musicians

1 Flight Time

BassWilton Felder
GuitarDean Parks
PercussionBobbye Hall


2 Black Byrd

BassChuck Rainey
GuitarDavid T. Walker
PercussionStephanie Spruill


3 Love’s So Far Away

BassChuck Rainey
GuitarDavid T. Walker
PercussionStephanie Spruill


4 Mr. Thomas

BassWilton Felder
GuitarDean Parks
PercussionBobbye Hall


5 Sky High

BassChuck Rainey
GuitarDavid T. Walker
PercussionStephanie Spruill


6 Slop Jar Blues

BassChuck Rainey
GuitarDavid T. Walker
PercussionStephanie Spruill


7 Where Are We Going?

BassChuck Rainey
GuitarDavid T. Walker
PercussionStephanie 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