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BlackbyrdsFlying Start ... LP
BGP (UK), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $15.99
Not the band's first album – as you might think from the "start" in the title – but a classic batch of jazzy, funky, and soulful grooves from The Blackbyrds – one of those combos that few groups could match back in the 70s! The set's got a beautifully put-together feel – tight enough to crossover somewhat big with a larger audience than the group's previous effort – but still filled with the kind of righteous energy that first got them going, a sublime mix of jazzy rhythms and soulful elements, all held together tightly by production from Donald Byrd. Tracks include the big hit "Walking In Rhythm", which was an oft-spun 45 back in the day – plus some great funk moments, like the tasty "Spaced Out", the choppy "The Baby", and the captivating "Blackbyrds Theme". Other cuts include "Future Children Future Hopes", "I Need You", and "April Showers". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Flying Start ... LP 8.99

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✨✧ BlackbyrdsFlying Start ... LP
Fantasy, 1974. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $8.99
Not the band's first album – as you might think from the "start" in the title – but a classic batch of jazzy, funky, and soulful grooves from The Blackbyrds – one of those combos that few groups could match back in the 70s! The set's got a beautifully put-together feel – tight enough to crossover somewhat big with a larger audience than the group's previous effort – but still filled with the kind of righteous energy that first got them going, a sublime mix of jazzy rhythms and soulful elements, all held together tightly by production from Donald Byrd. Tracks include the big hit "Walking In Rhythm", which was an oft-spun 45 back in the day – plus some great funk moments, like the tasty "Spaced Out", the choppy "The Baby", and the captivating "Blackbyrds Theme". Other cuts include "Future Children Future Hopes", "I Need You", and "April Showers". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Flying Start ... LP 15.99

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BlackbyrdsWalking In Rhythm – The Essential Selection 1973 to 1980 ... LP
Fantasy/Decision, 1970s. New Copy 3 LPs ... $22.99 23.98
Some of the sharpest, jazziest funk you'll ever hope to hear – a smoking collection of the legendary 70s work by The Blackbyrds on Fantasy Records! The group started as a jazz combo under Donald Byrd's supervision – right at a time when Byrd was making his own fantastic funky records in the 70s – but working for the Bay Area Fantasy label, they really took off into an amazing groove that was all their own – still informed by jazz, but free to open up to lots of funk and soul elements too – sometimes with vocals in the lead, sometimes more focus on the kinds of solos that always set them apart from all their contemporaries! The cuts have some wonderful keyboard work from a young Kevin Toney – who's gone onto a lot of fame over the years – and production on all cuts is either by Larry Mizell, Donald Byrd, or George Duke – key 70s jazz funk forces who keep things mighty tight in the studio! The package features work from all Blackbyrds albums of the 70s – including the Cornbread Earl & Me soundtrack, and the Night Grooves remix set – and the package features 25 titles that include "Enter In", "Party Land", "Do It Fluid", "Gut Level", "Summer Love", "I Need You", "The Baby", "Blackbyrds' Theme", "City Life", "Rock Creek Park", "Walking In Rhythm", "A Hot Day Today", "Wilford's Gone", "One Gun Salute", "Supernatural Feeling", "Mysterious Vibes", and "Soft & Easy". LP, Vinyl record album

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Three PiecesVibes Of Truth ... LP
Fantasy, 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $9.99
A great little album of jazz funk – and the only record we've ever seen by this group! The 3 Pieces may not have lasted long in the record business, but this rare album from 1975 has made them legends on the rare groove scene for years. The record was cut during the height of the jazz funk years at Fantasy Records – and it features Donald Byrd handling the production chores, in a similar manner to the style that he used with the more famous Blackbyrds, who were also recording for Fantasy the time. The record features loads of electric piano and ARP, plus some tight and smooth guitar, and a nice rolling groove that is very catchy. A number of tracks have vocals – in kind of a subdued soul mode – and tracks include the groove classics "Backed Up Against The Wall", "Shortnin Bread", "Concrete Jungle", and "Vibes Of Truth". And believe it or not, there aren't any vibes on the album! LP, Vinyl record album

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Kevin ToneySpecial K ... LP
Fantasy, 1982. Very Good ... $9.99
A sweet set of 80s groove material from keyboardist Kevin Toney – recording here away from The Blackbyrds, but still very much in a Fantasy Records mode! The set's kind of a "jazz fusion plus soul" outing – and features players that include Paul Jackson Jr, Bill Summers, Oscar Brashear, and Ray Obiedo – as well as vocalists Aaron Mills and Alton Green. Tracks are more electric than work by The Blackbyrds, but have a jazzy soul approach that's quite similar to work by Roy Ayers or Donald Byrd from the same time period. Titles include "Naima", "A Good Feeling", "Special K", "On Your Feet", "Chasin Rainbows", and "Spread The Word". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a gold promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Marcus BelgraveMaria/Two Ships Passing In The Night ... 12-inch
Michigan Satellite, 1985. Used ... Out Of Stock
Obscure 80s work from Tribe Records trumpeter Marcus Belgrave – making a shift here from his more righteous work of the 70s, into a jazz funk mode for the 80s – a transition that's similar to that made by labelmate Wendell Harrison. "Maria" is actually a pretty sweet groover – bouncing along with a bit of a Latin flourish and an 80s groove on percussion – almost similar to some of Donald Byrd's later funk work. "Two Ships" is a mellow ballad – trumpet in the lead, nice and sweet, and some warm and lush soul-styled backings behind it. 12-inch, Vinyl record
 
 
 



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