I was reminded of Donald Byrd as Chedo and JR spun classic Nas tracks on last night’s edition of The Come Up Show. The sound grenade I’m thinking of is “NY State of Mind”— bits of which can be heard in this Byrd original.
Now that I’m actually listening to “Flight Time” from Black Byrd (1972), however, I’m reminded not only of Byrd’s phenomenal influence across the board–jazz, disco, funk, soul, you name it– but also of the sheer influential and historical weight of Guru’s Jazzmatazz vol 1. which actually features Donald Byrd the legend himself. Let me reiterate and reinforce: “Loungin'” from Jazzmatazz doesn’t just sample Donald Byrd, it actually features him. How incredible is that?