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Donald Byrd – Places And Spaces (2021 24/96 FLAC)

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Donald Byrd - Places And Spaces (2021 24/96 FLAC)

Donald Byrd – Places And Spaces (2021 24/96 FLAC)

Artist: Donald Byrd
Album: Places And Spaces
Release/Reissue: 2021
Genre: Jazz-Funk

A1. Change (Makes You Want To Hustle)
A2. Wind Parade
A3. Dominoes
B1. Places And Spaces
B2. You And Music
B3. Night Whistler
B4. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)

Reuniting with Larry Mizell, the man behind his last three LPs, Donald Byrd continues to explore contemporary soul, funk, and R&B with Places and Spaces. In fact, the record sounds more urban than its predecessor, which often played like a Hollywood version of the inner city. Keeping the Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, and Sly Stone influences of Street Lady, Places and Spaces adds elements of Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Stevie Wonder, which immediately makes the album funkier and more soulful. Boasting sweeping string arrangements, sultry rhythm guitars, rubbery bass, murmuring flügelhorns, and punchy horn charts, the music falls halfway between the cinematic neo-funk of Street Lady and the proto-disco soul of Earth, Wind & Fire. Also, the title Places and Spaces does mean something — there are more open spaces within the music, which automatically makes it funkier. Of course, it also means that there isn’t much of interest on Places and Spaces for jazz purists, but the album would appeal to most fans of Philly soul, lite funk, and proto-disco.

Backing Vocals [Background Vocal] – Fonce Mizell, Kay Haith, Larry Mizell
Clavinet – Fonce Mizell
Congas – King Errison, Mayuto Correa
Drums – Harvey Mason
Electric Bass [Fender Bass] – Chuck Rainey
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Skip Scarborough
Flugelhorn, Vocals – Donald Byrd
Guitar – Craig McMullen, John Rowin
Percussion – Mayuto Correa
Piano [Acoustic] – Larry Mizell
Tenor Saxophone – Tyree Glenn, Jr.
Trombone – George Bohannon
Trumpet – Donald Byrd, Fonce Mizell, Raymond Brown