Donald Byrd - Live: Cookin' With Blue Note At Montreux


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ABLU 5701
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In July 1973, Blue Note Records headed to Montreux, Switzerland to showcase several of the label's stars at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Produced by Blue Note President George Butler, live albums all titled Live: Cookin' with Blue Note at Montreux followed from vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, organist Ronnie Foster, flutist Bobbi Humphrey, and vocalist Marlena Shaw, but one of the performances by trumpeter Donald Byrd remained unreleased in the Blue Note vaults, until now.

That summer, Byrd was fresh off the release of his hit crossover fusion album Black Byrd, the first of his innovative and incredibly successful studio collaborations with producer Larry Mizell. But in a live setting the band had a rawer, harder edge, as this searing set attests. Byrd led a 10-piece band that included Larry Mizell on synthesizers, Fonce Mizell on trumpet and vocals, Allan Barneson tenor saxophone and flute, Nathan Davis on soprano and tenor saxophone, Kevin Toney on electric piano, Barney Perry on electric guitar, Henry Franklin on electric bass, Keith Killgo on drums, and Ray Armando on congas and percussion. The set list includes Larry Mizell's tune "Black Byrd" along with otherwise unrecorded Byrd originals like "The East," "Kwame," and "Poco-Mania," as well as an excellent cover of Stevie Wonder's "You've Got It Bad Girl."



Side A
1. Black Byrd
2. You've Got It Bad Girl
3. The East

Side B
1. Introductions
2. Kwame
3. Poco-Mania

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

70's Soul Jazz

posted on 02/04/2023
5 Stars
Reviewer: Anthony
Well recorded previously unreleased live album featuring the rather funky sounds of Donald Byrd and a ten-piece band which includes some of his students. Surprisingly good!

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