• Donald Byrd: Street Lady (Colored Vinyl) Vinyl LP
  • Donald Byrd: Street Lady (Colored Vinyl) Vinyl LP
  • Donald Byrd: Street Lady (Colored Vinyl) Vinyl LP

Donald Byrd
Street Lady (Colored Vinyl) Vinyl LP

Lmlr

↳ classic '73 Mizell-produced jazz funk

Vinyl LP $25.95
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As far as fusion albums go, I'd rate this one right up there with the best of them in terms of straight listenability. Other than a couple tracks, the sound here leans heavily on R&B, while retaining the jazz mentality and funk rhythm influence on the periphery. In other words: the shit is smooth, but without ever sounding corny like a Bob James filler. Larry Mizell, the godfather of jazz-funk, plays the puppet master on this one, envisioning a concept album that captures the essence of a 1972 inner-city street walker. Mizell wrote all the songs here, also handling production and all arrangement (with his brother Fonce on vocal arrangement). The opening track "Lansana's Priestess" has long been a digger's favorite, featuring airy Mizell guitar and horn movements punctuated by those catchy bass and drum breakdowns. Can I get a toe tap? My personal choice is the closing cut, a big up to all progressive sisters called "Woman Of The World." All I can think is pure joy. Also check out "Witch Hunt” with its moody bassline, and the popular title track. Unlike Donald's other fusion powerhouse, Spaces and Places, there are no instant satisfaction sample moments, but this album holds together so well and has such a distinct vibe that it has become a year-to-year favorite. Official French import pressing on bright green vinyl, housed in full repro gatefold jacket (a must) with printed Blue Note inner sleeve, limited to 2000 copies. Recommended.

  • bright green colored vinyl
  • faithfully-reproduced gatefold sleeve + center labels
  • printed inner sleeve
  • limited edition of 2000
  • music label: Lmlr 2018
reviewed by the mgmnt 06/2008

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