The Blackbyrds – The Blackbyrds / Flying Start 1994 (USA, Jazz-Funk)

Исполнитель: The Blackbyrds
Откуда: USA
Альбом: The Blackbyrds / Flying Start
Год выхода: 1994 (recorded in 1974)
Жанр: Jazz-Funk
Формат: MP3 CBR 320
Размер архива: 175 МB

Biography by Andy Kellman

The Blackbyrds were a jazz-funk group with thick R&B streaks running down their backs. Assembled by Donald Byrd in 1974, the group’s original members — percussionist Pericles “Perk” Jacobs, Jr., drummer Keith Killgo, keyboardist Kevin Toney, reeds player Allan Barnes, bassist Joe Hall, guitarist Barney Perry — were mined from Howard University’s music department, where the doctor and jazz legend was an instructor. (Other key players included guitarist Orville Saunders and saxophonist/flautist Steve Johnson.) During the Blackbyrds’ nearly decade-long existence, the group cut a handful of LPs (1973’s The Blackbyrds, 1974’s Flying Start, 1975’s City Life, 1976’s Unfinished Business, 1977’s Action, 1980’s Better Days); scored films (1975’s Cornbread, Earl and Me); and supported artists like B.B. King, Mandrill, and Roberta Flack. “Walking in Rhythm,” “Rock Creek Park,” and “Happy Music” are their three best-known cuts; they have remained underground club classics, and they have been kept alive, in part, through sampling. The group’s catalog has been overhauled and reissued a number of times; multiple best-ofs have been released (Fantasy’s Greatest Hits is the strongest and most thorough), and most of the group’s full-length output has been put out on CD through two-fers. As far as outside activities were considered, Barney Perry released a solo album under the name Blair in 1978 (through his own Solar Sound imprint). The remaining members’ involvements are far too extensive to list.

Tracks:
“The Blackbyrds” (1974)
01. Do It, Fluid – 5:31
02. Gut Level – 4:12
03. Reggins – 4:08
04. The Runaway – 4:16
05. Funky Junkie – 7:03
06. Summer Love – 5:10
07. Life Styles – 3:16
08. A Hot Day Today – 3:18
“Flying Start” (1974)
09. I Need You – 5:33
10. The Baby – 5:20
11. Love Is Love – 4:48
12. The Blackbyrds’ Theme – 4:07
13. Walking In Rhythm – 4:16
14. Future Children, Future Hopes – 4:45
15. April Showers – 3:52
16. Spaced Out – 6:13

Personnel:
“The Blackbyrds”
Donald Byrd – trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals
The Blackbyrds – vocals
Barney Perry – guitar
Kevin Toney – keyboards, melodica, synthesizer
Joe Hall – electric bass
Allan Barnes – soprano & tenor saxophone
David Williams – bass
Oscar Brashear – trumpet, flugelhorn
Perk Jacobs – percussion
Ray Armando – percussion
Keith Killgo – drums
Sky High Productions – producer

“Flying Start”
Donald Byrd – trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals, producer
The Blackbyrds – vocals
Kevin Toney – acoustic piano, electric piano, clavinet, Arp synthesizer
Barney Perry – guitar
Joe Hall – bass, electric bass
Jackie Kelso – baritone saxophone
Allan Barnes – soprano & tenor saxophone, flute
Perk Jacobs – percussion
Keith Killgo – drums
Bruce Fisher – vocals (12)
Sigidi Bashir Abdullah – vocals (12, 13)
Ernie Watts – tenor saxophone (09)
Oscar Brashear, Bobby Bryant – trumpet
Keith Barbour – vocals (15)
Alexander Thomas, George Bohanon – trombone

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