Monday, December 11, 2006

Donald Byrd - Ethiopian Knights


Donald Byrd was considered one of the finest hard bop trumpeters of the post-Clifford Brown era. He recorded prolifically as both a leader and sideman from the mid-'50s into the mid-'60s, most often for Blue Note, where he established a reputation as a solid stylist with a clean tone, clear articulation, and a knack for melodicism. Toward the end of the '60s, Byrd became fascinated with Miles Davis' move into fusion, and started recording his own forays into the field. In the early '70s, with the help of brothers Larry and Fonce Mizell, Byrd perfected a bright, breezy, commercially potent take on fusion that was distinct from Davis, incorporating tighter arrangements and more of a smooth soul influence. Opinions on this phase of Byrd's career diverge wildly — jazz purists utterly despised it, branding Byrd a sellout and the records a betrayal of talent, but enraptured jazz-funk fans regard it as some of the most ...

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Donald Byrd (tp)
Thurman Green (tb)
Harold Land (ts)
Bobby Hutcherson (vib)
Joe Sample (org)
Bill Henderson III (el-p)
Don Peake, Greg Poree (g)
Wilton Felder (el-b)
Ed Greene (d)
Bobbye Porter Hall (cga, tamb)

Clique ao lado: funk

Ouvindo: Joe Handerson- Power to the people - Black Narcissus

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