Cookin' With Blue Note At Montreux (LP)


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Format: LP 
Label: Blue Note 
Year: 2022 

Media Condition: New 
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New 

TRACKS:

A1 Black Byrd
A2 You've Got It Bad Girl
A3 The East

B1 Introductions
B2 Kwame
B3 Poco-Mania

Recorded in 1973, Previously unreleased.

PERSONNEL:
Congas, Percussion – Ray Armando
Drums, Vocals – Keith Killgo
Electric Bass – Henry Franklin
Electric Guitar – Barney Perry
Electric Piano – Kevin Toney
Synthesizer – Larry Mizell
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Allan Barnes
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Nathan Davis
Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals – Donald Byrd
Trumpet, Vocals – Fonce Mizell

In July 1973, Blue Note Records showcased several of the label’s stars at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Live albums of the sessions followed from vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, organist Ronnie Foster, flutist Bobbi Humphrey, and vocalist Marlena Shaw, but one of the performances by Byrd remained unreleased in the Blue Note vaults until now.

That summer, Byrd was fresh off the release of his hit crossover fusion album "Black Byrd", the first of his innovative and incredibly successful studio collaborations with producer Larry Mizell.

It was also at the outset of Byrd's teaching tenure (and graduate studies) at DC's Howard University and as a mentor to up-and-coming local musicians. His band at Montreaux included DC drummer Keith Killgo and local pianist Kevin Toney.

The set list includes Larry Mizell’s tune “Black Byrd” along with otherwise unrecorded Byrd originals like “The East,” “Kwame,” and “Poco-Mania,” as well as an excellent cover of Stevie Wonder’s “You’ve Got It Bad Girl.”

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