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Stepping Into Tomorrow Original recording reissued

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 28, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B00004S2EI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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
1976--Caricatures
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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"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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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 (particularly ones from the 70's) that make good beds for DJs,rappers and what have you. A lot has been done well with the rare groove genre. Sometimes though I think the personality of some of the people involved in this have tended to "sell" the music onto the newer generation as opposed to genuinely influence them. One could say this was positive exposure either way. Of course this particular album,recorded with different musicians than those on Blackbyrd and a year and a half later,has an important place in Byrd's vast musical catalog as well. Recorded at a time when his group of Howard University students The Blackbyrds were just taking off as a big act there's something especially unique about this album even during this particular period of Donald Byrd's musical output.

One reason is the title song. The groove tends to be somewhat more obviously in the pocket funk. And the strong melody is both brooding and somehow optimistic. It evokes a certain type of secular spirituality that charactarized the United Funk sound of the mid/late 1970's and is probably one of the most important Larry Mizel/Donald Byrd collaborations of Byrd's funk period. Throughout the album the grooves are more minor chorded and probing than before. In fact far funkier than poppy or soulfunk on "Design A Nation","Think Twice","Makin' It" and "You Are The World". These songs are built more upon Chuck Rainey's baselines and the melodic sax explorations of Gary Bartz than on major key melodies or electric piano solos.
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