Donald Byrd - Black Byrd (1973/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz] RE-UP

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Donald Byrd -  Black Byrd (1973/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz] RE-UP

Donald Byrd - Black Byrd (1973/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time - 43:19 minutes | 1,54 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Black Byrd is the pivotal 1973 masterpiece by jazz legend Donald Byrd. This monumental album presented Byrd’s acclaimed brand of fusion. Black Byrd is one of Blue Note’s bestselling albums of all time and highlights Byrd’s undeniable knack for sound. It reached #1 on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums and #2 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums. It features the thrilling self-titled single, which reached the Top Twenty on Billboard’s Top R&B Singles.

Purists howled with indignation when Donald Byrd released Black Byrd, a full-fledged foray into R&B that erupted into a popular phenomenon. Byrd was branded a sellout and a traitor to his hard bop credentials, especially after Black Byrd became the biggest-selling album in Blue Note history. What the elitists missed, though, was that Black Byrd was the moment when Byrd's brand of fusion finally stepped out from under the shadow of his chief influence, Miles Davis, and found a distinctive voice of its own. Never before had a jazz musician embraced the celebratory sound and style of contemporary funk as fully as Byrd did here – not even Davis, whose dark, chaotic jungle-funk stood in sharp contrast to the bright, breezy, danceable music on Black Byrd. Byrd gives free rein to producer/arranger/composer Larry Mizell, who crafts a series of tightly focused, melodic pieces often indebted to the lengthier orchestrations of Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield. They're built on the most straightforward funk rhythms Byrd had yet tackled, and if the structures aren't as loose or complex as his earlier fusion material, they make up for it with a funky sense of groove that's damn near irresistible. Byrd's solos are mostly melodic and in-the-pocket, but that allows the funk to take center stage. Sure, maybe the electric piano, sound effects, and Roger Glenn's ubiquitous flute date the music somewhat, but that's really part of its charm. Black Byrd was state-of-the-art for its time, and it set a new standard for all future jazz/R&B/funk fusions – of which there were many. Byrd would continue to refine this sound on equally essential albums like Street Lady and the fantastic Places and Spaces, but Black Byrd stands as his groundbreaking signature statement.


01 - Flight Time
02 - Black Byrd
03 - Love's So Far Away
04 - Mr. Thomas
05 - Sky High
06 - Slop Jar Blues
07 - Where Are We Going?

Analyzed: Donald Byrd / Black Byrd

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR12 0.00 dB -14.85 dB 8:31 01-Flight Time
DR13 -0.10 dB -15.98 dB 7:23 02-Black Byrd
DR13 -0.67 dB -16.51 dB 6:02 03-Love's So Far Away
DR12 -0.76 dB -15.25 dB 5:05 04-Mr. Thomas
DR13 -1.15 dB -15.57 dB 5:58 05-Sky High
DR12 -0.63 dB -15.20 dB 5:40 06-Slop Jar Blues
DR13 -0.93 dB -15.96 dB 4:42 07-Where Are We Going?

Number of tracks: 7
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 4772 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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