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Stepping Into Tomorrow [Original recording reissued]

Donald ByrdAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Jazz musician Donald Byrd was a leading hard-bop trumpeter of the 1950s who collaborated on dozens of albums with top artists of his time and later enjoyed commercial success with hit jazz-funk fusion records such as "Black Byrd".

Born as Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II in Detroit he played in military bands in the Air Force before moving to New York in 1955. He ... Read more in Amazon's Donald Byrd Store

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  • Audio CD (March 28, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00004S2EI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who appreciate good music April 30, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A lot of Donald Byrd's fans (including myself) have waited years for this album to be reissued on CD. It was well worth the wait! This album has so much to offer in smooth R&B/Jazz, from the cosmic "Stepping Into Tomorrow", to the 50's meet the 70's ballad "Rock & Roll Again". "Design A Nation" brings back the good feeling of a time that will probably never be repeated in this day & age. Jazz purists may prefer Byrd's earlier work. But don't let that prevent you from picking up this CD. This is music that today's R&B artists wish they could produce. Outstanding work by producer/songwriter Larry Mizell.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Stepping Into Tomorrow is the Right Title" May 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had this on 8-track back in the seventies and I never forgot about it. Someone stole it out of my house and I was heart-broken. I was only 14-years-old at the time and, I loved Donald Byrd then, and now. At age 43, Byrd definately stepped into tomorrow with this album because it sounds just as good today as it did then. The sax's and Byrd's trumpet have some of the most soothing, melodic tones you'd ever want to hear. The vocals are also excellent. I played it for my friend and he fell in love with it too. That's why I have a lot of double orders with Amazon because my partner likes what I like,and I find myself ordering a second copy later and shipping it to him. And ladies, "Think Twice" is something we only wish we had the nerve to say sometimes....that's usually the man's favorite saying. The entire album is sexy; mellow at times and upbeat at others. If you like horn instruments, you'll love this one!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Byrd's Finest! June 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Stepping Into Tomorrow" is one of those albums that laid
the groundwork for modern hip-hop music.That is it's plaintive
grooves,baselines and wide open spaces have been plundered in fond tribute by everyone from Guru to Yesterday' New
Quintet.That being said every song here (even the poppier ones)
have unbeatable grooves and a brooding sense of melody.And for the most part the heavy production values that often cluttered Byrd's mid 70's Blue Note albums is completely adsent here so the funky rhythm section and Byrd's horn is heard uncut.So the album is a mix of smooth and aggresive grooves and rhythms and is a welcoming journey to tomorrow,yesterday or wherever the albums title promises to have you step into.But it's a trip worth taking and don't be afraid to let it free your feet as well as your mind!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GENIUS OF MR.BYRD May 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It's A DISC Such as this that Makes Me Really Miss The 70's.The Music Here as On other Donald Byrd Albums From The 70's are So Funky&Cool all at once.The Music here is Timeless&has Solid Quality.A Must Have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Mizell Bros. production for Mr.Byrd January 16, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Great funky a$$ album by Donald.His 3rd collaboration with the genius and talented producers."Larry and Fonce Mizell." Starts off with a bang. and ends with a bang.The title track is my personal fav. on the album.I can listen to it for hours and have. It's also another collaboration of sorts
between Donald Byrd and saxman Gary Bartz. The interplay between the two are dynamic.they compliment each other very well. It was so great i guess.That the Mizell bros would produce Gary Bartz's albums"the Shadow Do' in 75' and "Music is my Sanctuary" in 77'. Both recommended as well.

There are alot of samples used from this album

One that comes to mind is "Think Twice" which Lisa Lisa & the cult jam used for "let the beat hit em"

Great album!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stepping Into Tomorrow with The Mizell Brothers February 24, 2007
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Born Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II, Donald Byrd is a very talented, well trained jazz and blues trumpter. He has played with some of the best in his field, including Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Sonny Rollins, Monk, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. His sound during this time period was hard bop jazz.
NOW . . . allow yourself to switch gears for a bit. It's the early 70s and Byrd teams up with jazz-funk producers, the Mizell Brothers, Fonce and Larry. Out of this union, FIVE albums are born, giving Byrd a new sound and much commerical success. They are:
1972--Black Byrd (biggest selling album in BLUE NOTE label history)
1973--Street Lady
1974--Stepping Into Tomorrow
1975--Places and Spaces
For the most part, if you are a jazz purist, these five albums may not work for you. However, if you are simply a defender and promoter of good music as I am, (especially 70s funk/jazz/soul) dust off your cd player and make space in your music library. These five cds need to be in your collection.
Stepping Into Tomorrow, as well as the others listed, has a blended, smooth, layered sound. A sound with texture. The same "type" sound you'd hear when you listen to the 70s music of Roy Ayers, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfied or Isaac Hayes. It's a very sophisticated, down to earth sound. The Mizell Bros were also very successful with two Bobbi Humphrey albums and a Gary Bartz album, all worthy of owning. I love this cd! But then and again, I love Donald Byrd! Along with Roy Ayers, he is one of the most sampled jazz artists, thanks to the Hip-Hop community. Blending of the old with the new. Talkin' about steppin' into tomorrow. Now that's progressive!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my first taste of jazz! February 14, 2011
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I was on my way to the store for my grandmother and I heard jazz for the first time and I was around 13 and I heard the sound of a air plane taking off and then it faded away and come to find out it was FLIGHT TIME by donald byrd! I'm 49 years old now and I have every music he made and what he played with the black byrds, OMG HIS MUSIC SOOTHS MY MIND AND BODY! Is he still living? I LOVE HIM I LOVE HIM I LOVE HIM!!!!!!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Hail to the Greats!
Undeniably some of Donald Byrd's best work ...this type of jazz r&b will sound as good tomorrow to when it was originally released...
Published 20 days ago by theodore byrd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This album introduced me the great Donald Byrd. Every song on this cd is good.
Published 1 month ago by A. C Rucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School
Slowly but surely I'm getting digital versions of my old jams. This is an oldie and goody. I have to smile as I'm playing my high school era jam in my 2014 vehicle.
Published 2 months ago by BRC
5.0 out of 5 stars every jazz
Musician should have this LP. terific arranments Larry and Fone Mizell bros, are the best. Mr. Byrd also, he will be missed.
Published 14 months ago by Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Donald Byrd
It's hard to find contemporary music of this quality. This is jazz with a 70s flavor. It was released when I was in high school.
Published 16 months ago by Nurse Betty
5.0 out of 5 stars Stepping Into A Groove
For many years the term "rare groove" eluded me. Apparently it's a term,which as with most things musical these days applicable to hip-hop,referring to funky instrumental grooves... Read more
Published on March 25, 2012 by Andre S. Grindle
4.0 out of 5 stars Byrd's Eye View
This cd is no different than the other cd's by Donald Byrd from this era (late sixties to mid seventies): Soulful, jazzy reminders of the era before glitter rock, disco and... Read more
Published on March 25, 2012 by Bond...
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Soundz from Old (er) school; Real Cool; thought provoking!
This album came out when the Seattle Supersonics won in 1979. Or, was it 1976? Whatever the year, this album by Donald Byrd clasped my heart and deeper yet, to keep me tied to... Read more
Published on November 8, 2010 by LaLa
1.0 out of 5 stars stepping into cheese
Track 7 manages to funk a little bit, but most of this album is just downright painfully bad. It's disco meets funk-lite meets muzak with a bit of jazz attitude here and there. Read more
Published on December 8, 2005 by Benissimo
5.0 out of 5 stars Stepping into Tomorrow...
I first heard this on one of Mr. Byrd's "Greatest Hits" collections and wanted more. I purchased the CD and have had no regrets! Read more
Published on September 23, 2005 by D. S. HARDEN
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