DONALD BYRD AND 125TH STREET, N.Y.C.: LOVE HAS COME AROUND: THE ELEKTRA RECORDS ANTHOLOGY 1978-1982
A great chapter in the career of trumpeter Donald Byrd – his post-Blue Note work with the group 125th Street NYC – which is kind of a second chapter to the jazzy fusion style he developed at the start of the 70s! This time around, there's an equal emphasis on soul and jazz – often with some strong vocals in the lead, but also plenty of room for Donald to stretch out and serve up the kind of perfect solos he worked out with the Mizell Brothers in the years before – modes that are continued here with some great guest help from singers and musicians who include Syreeta, Isaac Hayes, Jim Gilstrap, Wah Wah Watson, and Greg Phillinganes! If you like Donald Byrd albums like Places & Spaces or Stepping Into Tomorrow, you'll find that the sound here is a continuation of that mode – taken into the leaner funk territory that would come to play in the 80s. 2CD set features almost all the best tracks from those years, including some single mixes too – and titles include "Thank You For Funking Up My Life (12" disco version)", "Marilyn", "Butterfly", "Gold The Moon White The Sun", "Sexy Dancer", "Love Has Come Around", "Loving You", "Love For Sale", "Star Trippin", "I Love You", "Midnight", "Your Love Is My Ecstasy", "Have You Heard The News", "People Suppose To Be Free", "Morning", "I'm Coming Home", "Sunning In Your Love Shine", "Everyday", "Falling", "So Much In Love", and "Forbidden Love". ~ Dusty Groove
LEON – BODY & SOUL
With a new mini album, French multi-instrumentalist, musician and producer Stephane Voituret a.k.a Leon returns with another fine musical journey under the title Body & Soul. With a wide funk concept and unique style his music is blended with fusion touch. As always his cinematic point of view, but this time his music meets an ultra psychedelic rock with a jazz soul. The result? Well, Leon does what he knows best and with this album yes it sounds great! Tracks include: Body and Soul (Original Mix); The River (Original Mix); Get on the Boat (Original Mix); The Meeting (Original Mix); Friend (That is Still Gone); Feelin' Groovy (Original Mix): and Sexy Toy (Original Mix).
When you combine Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross and Musiq Soulchild, you get Sol! Upfront, featuring Gerald Albright. It is super strong from the first track to the last and no fillers, just great music. Some tracks make you want to dance, others make you just want to sit and listen. These songs and the interpretation of them will blow you away. Includes: That’s The Way I Feel You; Always; Invisible; Lovely Day; After The Sunrise; Golden Lady; Broken Record; Glow; and I Want You In My Life.