Ethiopian Knights

Donald Byrd

SKU: 7759664

Barcode: 0602577596643

20.00 £20.00
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Released Date: 6th September 2019
  • Buying Format:
    180g 1LP

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In honor of Blue Note Records’ 80th Anniversary, the legendary jazz label is launching the Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series. Distinct from the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series, this second series curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman features 180g vinyl LP releases in standard packaging with albums spanning the many eras of the label’s history presented by themes: Blue Note Debuts, Blue Grooves, Great Reid Miles Covers, Blue Note Live, and Blue Note Drummer Leaders. The series resumes in August 2019 with Part 2 of the Blue Grooves theme – Lou Donaldson Alligator Bogaloo (1967), Donald Byrd Ethiopian Knights (1972) and John Scofield Hand Jive (1994) – and will continue with three albums released each month for the coming year.

Trumpet titan Donald Byrd gained his greatest fame in the 1970s when he recorded a series of commercially successful funk/R&B albums for Blue Note. 1972’s Ethiopian Knights is the culmination of the innovative sound that Byrd put forth on Fancy FreeElectric Byrd and Kofi. Combining L.A. studio musicians with Bobby Hutcherson and Harold Land and the Jazz Crusaders’ Joe Sample and Wilton Felder, Byrd paints sonic pictures that draw from the textures of Miles Davis’s In a Silent Way and African music as well as jazz, funk and fusion. These colorful performance sound as lively, lyrical and hip today as they did nearly half century ago.

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  1. The Emperor
  2. Jamie
  3. The Little Rasti

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