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.

«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

«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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