- Music On Vinyl
Imagine if John Shaft and SuperFly took over the Blue Note Jazz Club. The result would be Donald Byrd's 'Street Lady'.
Donald Byrd and producer Larry Mizell were obviously taking (Blue)notes from Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield when conceiving this album; its shows all through the recording. They enlisted the now-legendary studio musicians Chuck Rainey (bass guitar) and Harvey Mason (drums) to lay down the pocket and boy, do they ever. From the driving groove of 'Lansana's Priestess' to the smoldering funk of 'Witch Hunt', the vibe (and vibraphone) is there.
A masterfully arranged funk tapestry that give's Byrd's trumpet and Roger Glenn's flute plenty of freedom to flow over, under, and through. No small wonder that many Acid Jazz musicians have used this record as a framework for their own music...