Jazz purists got angry and/or shed tears when trumpeter Donald Byrd – a world-class hard-bopper from the Art Blakey school– slid over into commercial funk ’n’ soul.
But, see, the lure of the funk was strong in the 1970s. Musicians who wanted to be in touch with the masses had to go there.
Consequently, Donald Byrd – as well as Herbie Hancock and Herbie Mann – added nice flavors to black radio.
Here’s a track I love. Produced by the Mizell Brothers, “(Fallin’ Like) Dominoes” was a minor hit in 1976.
In the hip-hop era, it has been sampled by Ice Cube, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince and (as with last week’s 12-inch) Stetsasonic.
Cheers to fastflyer2007 for uploading this.