A lesson of fusion jazz is Weather Report’s performance at Montreux Jazz Festival in 1976.
If you are going to do a tribute mix on a legend like Donald Byrd, who we recently lost, the most important thing is to be thorough.
Fortunately, the worldwide musical personality known as Gilles Peterson released his two part series that pays an excellent tribute to Donald Byrd, which are aptly named The Acoustic Years and The Electric Years. Knowing it came from Gilles Peterson, there is one thing that we know for sure. It’s Thorough.
For someone who is a life long fan, someone who is not too familiar with the work of Donald Byrd, or someone who just wants much of his work organized in one place, this is a must listen. Gilles also adds his own insight, which is always welcomed and appreciated.
Thank you, Gilles Peterson, and of course, this couldn’t be possible without the musical contributions of Donald Byrd. Rest in Peace.
Please note that the above artwork was not officially released with the mix. It is exclusive to 70×30.com.
Organist Johnny “Hammond” Smith helped refine his instrument’s indelible groove when he started recording in the late 1950s. He also developed a unique sense of harmony that was highlighted on such albums as Breakout and Gears in the 1970s. Smith kept developing his sound until his death from cancer in 1997 at the age of 63. Now his widow, Cheryl Smith, is working to issue previously unreleased recordings that will show the organist had plenty of more to offer.
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