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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitve Byrd album of the 70's,
This review is from: Places and Spaces (Audio CD)What can be said about this classic album from Donald Byrd? Certainly the collaboration with his students the Mizell brothers would ensure that this would be a different experience. Once the album Blackbyrd had been released you could see the direction that Byrd was moving in and this would be the seminal jazz-funk album of the 70's. Many others would turn to the Mizell brothers for influence including, Johnny Hammond, Roger Glenn, Gary Bartz and Bobbi Humphrey. If you love your Jazz, funky and groovy then it doesn't come much better than this.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply, the greatest,
This review is from: Places and Spaces (Audio CD)This is quite simply the most funky,smooth, joyous and uplifting 35 minutes you are ever likely to listen to. I haven't written many reviews for Amazon recently but felt the need to come out of retirement after hearing this. This is a beautiful amalgam of searing string arrangements, soft vocals and trembling trumpet. It all fits together seamlessly to make the perfect soundtrack to a summers day or a happy moment. I can't stop bouncing up and down to the stomping,"Change." Check out the bassline on,"Dominoes," it makes the track. "You and the music," has a groove that just gets right under the skin.
I recognised this as a classic on the first listen. If everybody grew up on this the world would be a lot better place. You'll never stop listening.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Classic,
This review is from: Places and Spaces (Audio CD)This is an album that I came to fairly late (in relative terms), having heard DJ Jazzy Jeff use elements of 'Change (Makes You Want To Hustle)' and 'Places And Spaces' in the track 'A Touch Of Jazz'. Having liked the short pieces Jeff used it was relatively easy to find out what the tracks were and this naturally led to wanting to hear more of Donald Byrd. That eventually led me to this album.
This is Jazz-Funk at its very best, and as other reviewers have indicated, the production work of the Mizzel Brothers stands out. Jazz purists might be tempted to scoff at the notion of this strange hybrid, a fusion of Jazz, Funk and other elements of popular Black music, but for listeners seeking 'the groove' this album will draw you in through its sheer listenability and standard of musicianship. 'Dominoes', 'Places And Spaces', 'Music And You', there really isn't a poor track on here. Although relatively short, this is an album where the qualitative outweighs the quantative, and for those embarking on an exploration of Jazz or Jazz Funk this album is an essential purchase.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just let it play,
This review is from: Places and Spaces (Audio CD)Put this on and just let it play.... no review that I could write could even begin to do justice to this album. Rarely have I come across an album without fillers on but this is one, I played this everywhere I went for about a month and turned about a dozen people on to Donald Byrd....a truly brilliant album.
5.0 out of 5 stars A FABULOUS, WIDE-RANGING ORCHESTRAL TRIUMPH,
This review is from: Places and Spaces (Audio CD)Five HUGE Stars! Donald Byrd Is AMAZING!! Throughout his wide-ranging career, he has kept us guessing as he has explored the jazz music world HIS WAY! From the early straight ahead quintets, to the tone row experiments of "Free Form", to the huge orchestral palette of "Electric Byrd", to the gospel-inflected work of "Cristo Redentor" from "Thank You for FUML", to "(High) Stepping into Tomorrow" with the amazing song "Rock and Roll Again", he has covered the map with musical wonderfulness. Now, HERE, he wants us to get up and dance, tap our feet, and nod our heads, taking us on an imaginary trip to a wonderful place.
This CD has airplanes on the cover and that defines the expansiveness of the music. Mr Byrd uses a huge, string-laden orchestra, larger than "Electric Byrd", it seems. And the title track "Spaces and Places" is an AMAZING piece of music. From the insistent guitar vamp, to the killer orchestral arrangement, to a cameo by the Black Byrds, it provides a launching pad for Byrd's soaring, beautiful, and spare statements. This is fabulous music that one can enjoy in a variety of situations. It describes the immensity of the vistas of the western USA. And it takes it's time building over and over, swirling and turning beautifully as it reaches a climax and begins again. FANTASTIC! Disco? No, but it was recorded early enough that it may well have influenced disco and Gary Bartz' amazing disco "Giant Steps" performance (If you haven't heard Bartz' disco "Giant Steps" from the "Love Affair" CD, you need to hear it).
Funk rises like steam on "(Fallin' Like) Dominoes", "Change (Makes You Want to Hustle), and "You and The Music" with a sizzling vocal by Kay Haith that will slow your breathing in vocal duet with Donald Byrd himself. Other 'Pieces D'Resistence' are a shimmering "Wind Parade" with Kay's vocal coloring the proceedings. And the climax is a fantastic "Just My Imagination" with the Black Byrds. Guys, this is a great, dance-able, listen-able beauty of a CD. One of my favorite CD's for driving, flying, making out, or anything. Donald, Thank you for FUML (Funking Up My Life). Five BEAUTIFUL Stars
4.0 out of 5 stars great stuff,
This review is from: Places and Spaces (MP3 Download)Great stuff, has great summer tunes, loved it! The kind of music you have on a Sunday afternoon with a fine bbq going and a cold beer in hand.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Mizell Brothers Productions,
This review is from: Places and Spaces (Audio CD)I too must agree with the other reviewers of this disc. I have the original vinyl and Donald Byrd's intelligent playing , along with the other musicians, makes this more than just repetitive Jazz Funk fusion from the late '70's early '80's. The tracks still stand up to listing today (2013) and overall a very good example of Jazz Funk fusion of the period.
5.0 out of 5 stars As always a brilliant artist,
This review is from: Places and Spaces (Audio CD)Always loved his music and this album reinforces my love. Just total quality and groovy tunes. Thanks for a great addition to my collection.
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