Donald Byrd Electric Byrd

Blue Note Records / Third Man Records
31st July 2023

Format Info

180g black vinyl

The experimentations taking shape in music at the end of the 60’s with Miles Davis leading the pack pushed jazz in many new directions. Released six months after Bitches Brew in 1970, Electric Byrd shows renowned Detroit hard bop trumpet player Donald Byrd was listening too, but not necessarily following concurrent paths. Backed by a diverse group of players including several jazz greats including Frank FosterPepper AdamsDuke PearsonRon Carter, and Mickey Roker with Brazilians Airto Moreira and Hermeto Pascoal lending a fresh sound. Shimmering percussion, wind instruments and electric piano and guitar set the backdrop for Byrd’s dramatic flight into a psychedelic space with his echo-laden trumpet blasts. The LP concludes with a classic funk number that foreshadows the gold he would soon mine with the Mizell Brothers on his string of hit records recorded shortly after. An important glimpse of an artist in transition and an astounding album.