Saturday, December 26, 2009

Donald BYRD & 125th Street, N.Y.C. - Words, Sounds, Colors And Shapes 1982

Donald BYRD & 125th Street, N.Y.C. - Words, Sounds, Colors And Shapes 1982


A definite soul based session for Donald Byrd  and that's saying a lot here, because his previous decade's worth of work had all had some sort of R&B focus! The main force behind the set here is Isaac Hayes  who's producing, arranging, and playing most of the keyboards on the album. Oddly, Ike's not singing at all  and vocals are instead handled by Rose Williams, Diane Davis, Pat Lewis, and Myra Walker  plus the Hot Buttered Soul group on backing vocals. Most tunes have such a strong vocal focus that Byrd's horn gets far less solo space than before  but overall, the album's still got a nice mix of funky jazz and modern soul, and grooves a lot better than most other efforts of this nature from the time. Great, long overlooked grooves from Byrd! Titles include "Sexy Dancer", "Midnight", "High Energy", "Star Trippin", "Forbidden Love", and "Everyday".
From Dusty Groove.
Donald Byrd produced by Isaac Hayes.
But, beware ! Those who expect a mix between the Blue Note sound of Byrd and the Stax sound of Hayes might be very, very shocked. This is a disco-funk album, typical of the early 80's, full of vocals by Byrd's group, 125th Street, N.Y.C., and Hayes' group, Hot Butter Soul Unlimited. Not bad, but quite unexpected. Byrd's trumpet is hardly heard at all.
Donald Byrd- Trumpet
Albert Crawford Jr.-Acoustic Piano, Fender Rhodes, Clavinet
Diane Evans, Diane Davis, Rose Williams, Myra Walker, Pat Lewis- Vocals
Isaac Hayes- (Piano, Fender Rhodes Piano, Synthesizer, Vibraphone, Percussion, Bells
Ronnie Garrett- Electric bass
Glenn Davis- Percussion
William Duckett- Guitar
Eric Hines- Drums
A1. Sexy Dancer 5:00
A2. Midnight 5:06
A3. So Much In Love 3:58
A4. High Energy 5:44

B1. Star Trippin' 5:20
B2. I'm Coming Home 4:20
B3. Forbidden Love 5:17
B4. Everyday 3:08

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