Soul Lounge From The Capitol Vaults

Soul lounge from the Capitol label (founded in 1942) and affiliated labels, like Blue Note, Stateside and United Artists. What better words to hear than ‘Watchin' winter turn to spring’ from ‘Feel like making love’? And happy birthday to Bobby Womack, who turned 69 last week. This mix also pays tribute to Donald Byrd, who passed away February 4. This is what Pat Les Stache wrote on his blog about this jazz legend:
“The trumpeter originally made his mark in the jazz world as a rising heavy-weight within the hard-bop scene during the fifties and sixties, getting his start playing in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and shortly thereafter performing and recording with other jazz legends including John Coltrane, Jackie Maclean, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, and Pepper Adams to name just a few. During this period, Byrd released a number of classic records including Fuego, Byrd in Flight, At the Half Note Cafe, Free Form, A New Perspective and many others.

During the late sixties and seventies, the trumpeter moved away from the hard-bop sound and delved into fusion and soul-jazz, hooking up with legendary jazz-funk production tag-team the Mizell brothers (Larry & Fonce Mizell) to release some of the best recordings of that sub-genre including Electric Byrd, Ethiopian Knights, Street Lady, Places and Spaces, Black Byrd (which became the biggest seller in Blue Note history) and more. Some of his notable groundbreaking gems from that era include "Lansana's Priestess", "(Fallin' Like) Dominoes", "Black Byrd", "Think Twice" and "Love Has Come Around".

Overall, the trumpeter/composer has not only left his mark on jazz, but on music in general. From his hailed days on the hard-bop scene, to shifting course and becoming one of the most notable pioneering musicians of the seventies soul-jazz movement, Donald Byrd is definitely one of legendary status and his contributions to music are absolutely monumental on so many levels. He will certainly be missed.”

José James – No Beginning, No End (2013)
Marlena Shaw – Feel Like Making Love (1976)
Nancy Wilson – Ain’t No Sunshine (1971)
Buscemi – Welcome To The Mile High Club (2012)
Donald Byrd – Wind Parade [King Most’s Dub ‘Em Down Redirection] (2012)
Madlib – Stepping Into Tomorrow (2003)
Gene Harris – Koko And Lee Roe (1975)
Bobbi Humphrey – You Make Me Feel So Good (1975)
Marc Moulin – Humpty Dumpty (1971)
Alphonse Mouzon – Why Can’t We Make It (1973)
The Ikettes – I’m Just Not Ready For Love (1973)
Alexander Patton – A Lil’ Lovin’ Sometimes (1966)
The World Column – So Is The Sun (1969)
Lou Rawls – Lifetime Monologue (1968)
Blue Mitchell – Good Humour Man (1968)
David McCallum – The Edge (1967)
Thelma Houston– Jumpin' Jack Flash [The Apple Scruffs Edit) (1969)
Homer Banks – A Lot Of Love (1966)
Chuck Wood – Seven Days Too Long (1967)
Leon Ware – What’s Your Name (1979)
Bobby Womack – Woman’s Gotta Have It (1972)
Tavares – Turn Out The Nightlight (1981)


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