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    The Blackbyrds

    The debut album by the American rhythm and blues/jazz-funk fusion group, The Blackbyrds, this eponymous release is the product of six full-time Howard
    University students taking the direction of department head and jazz great Donald Byrd into the Fantasy Studios along with the aid of production wizard
    Larry Mizell (Jackson 5, Gary Bartz). The end result is nothing less than stunning as the band lays down some of the tastiest groove-oriented jazz music
    ever recorded. With Joe Hall on bass and Keith Killgo on drums, the rhythm section anchors a solid foundation capable of keeping the dancefloor full and
    providing a base for the rest of the band's soulful explorations. Kevin Toney supplies supple keyboard work and Barney Perry keeps it funky on the guitar,
    setting the pace for what would be a genre-defining LP and a breakthrough in jazz-funk crossover. Essential listening for all fans of jazz, funk, and feel good pop music.
    1. Do It, Fluid
    2. Gut Level
    3. Reggins
    4. The Runaway
    5. Funky Junkie
    6. Summer Love
    7. Life Styles
    8. A Hot Day Today
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    City Life

    City Life, arguably The Blackbyrds' best album, hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz Chart and #3 on the Billboard Soul Chart upon its original release in 1975.
    Produced by legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, the album showcases The Blackbyrd's' unique jazz-funk crossover sound and includes the runaway
    hits Happy Music and Rock Creek Park, which stand even today as pinnacles of the '70s jazz-funk movement. A testament to its lasting appeal, Rock
    Creek Park from the City Life album has been sampled numerous times by groups such as De La Soul, Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, N.W.A,
    Massive Attack, Ice Cube, Heavy D, Nas and Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Tone Loc and most recently, Wiz Khalifa. This often-sublime album
    is primed for rediscovery by fans of '70s funk, soul, jazz and fusion.
    1. Rock Creek Park
    2. Thankful 'Bout Yourself
    3. City Life
    4. All I Ask
    5. Happy Music
    6. Love So Fine
    7. Flying High
    8. Hash Aand Eggs
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  • Jazz Dispensary: Purple Funk (Awaiting Repress) Jazz Dispensary: Purple Funk (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Jazz Dispensary: Purple Funk (Awaiting Repress)

    Features a bevy of certified jazz-funkateers including Pleasure, the Blackbyrds, Funk,
    Inc. and David Axelrod, plus the rarely heard 12" mix of Azymuth's plush, vocoder-funk gem, "Dear Limmertz."
    Equally sweet and awfully nasty, Purple Funk keeps the groove alive with over 40 minutes of classic tunes.
    1. Lafayette Afro Rock Band - Hihache
    2. The Pazant Brothers and the Beaufort Express - A Gritty Nitty
    3. Funk, Inc. - Kool Is Back [Edit]
    4. Roy Lee Johnson And The Villagers - Patch It Up
    5. The Blackbyrds - Rock Creek Park
    6. Pleasure - Bouncy Lady
    7. David Axelrod - Mucho Chupar
    8. Patrice Rushen - The Hump
    9. Azymuth - Dear Limmertz [12" Mix]
    Various Artists
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  • Unfinished Business Unfinished Business Quick View

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    Unfinished Business

    Produced by legendary trumpeter Donald Byrd, Unfinished Business, originally released in 1976, features the core group of keyboardist Kevin Toney,
    guitarist Orville Saunders, bassist Joe Hall and drummer Keith Kiligo, with saxophonist and flautist Wesley Jackson. A toe-tapping synthesis of all that
    was happening in Black music in 1970s electronic jazz, funk and hard swinging R&B, Unfinished Business serves up more of the irresistible formula that
    the band struck gold with on their previous album, City Life. A must-have for fans of classic '70s funk, soul, and danceable groove.
    1. Time Is Movin'
    2. In Life
    3. Enter In
    4. You've Got That Something
    5. Party Land
    6. Lady
    7. Unfinished Business
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  • Vibes Of Truth (Pre-Order) Vibes Of Truth (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Vibes Of Truth (Pre-Order)

    Vibes Of Truth is a masterpiece that covers all the bases: from soul through funk to jazz. It's been sought-after by collectors for the three club friendly tunes within its grooves: Backed Up Against The Wall, Concrete Jungle and I Need You Girl. The album was brought to Fantasy by Donald Byrd who was enjoying great success with his productions for the Blackbyrds for them and his own jazz fusion albums on Blue Note.

    The Blackbyrds were former students of his from the ethnomusicology course he taught at Washington's Howard University just as was Lincoln Ross, the multi-instrumentalist leader of the 3 Pieces. Although the 3 Pieces failed to repeat the success of the Blackbyrds they created an amazing album.

    1. I Need You Girl
    2. Backed Up Against The Wall
    3. Vibes Of Truth
    4. Shortnin' Bread
    5. Self Dealin'
    6. Concrete Jungle
    7. If Only I Could Prove To You
    8. Cool It
    9. Virtue
    3 Pieces
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