Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Donald Byrd started as a hard-bop trumpeter most known for his Blue Note releases in the 50s and 60s. They are all great melodic jazz albums to say the least, in the 70s he transitioned into jazz-funk fusion and released this album Places and Spaces in '75 along with Stepping Into Tommorrow the same year. His transition apparently offended jazz purists, and was heralded by everyone else. His first crossover album Black Byrd from '72 became Blue Note's top selling album of all time. Of course this is also the man behind the Blackbyrds which I posted a couple weeks back. This still remains my favorite full album by Byrd, and he has many to choose from. No fillers here, check out "(Fallin' Like)Dominoes," the best bones playin' summer track of all time. If you dig let me know, I'll post more of his albums.