by Donald Byrd


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One of his last efforts with the Mizell production team was definitely not his most critically acclaimed, but Caricatures continued Byrd's commercial winning streak that started years previous with 1969's Kofi and such '70s Blue Note classics as Places and Spaces, Black Byrd, and Street Lady. His last release for the label was no exception to the formula set forth from the previously mentioned albums. One of Caricatures strongest features is the level of musicianship from start to finish. Byrd recruited some of the top '70s soul-jazz musicians, such as Gary Bartz, Alphonse Mouzon, David T Walker, and future '80s R&B hitmaker Patrice Rushen, to help complement the musicianship laid down by Byrd and the Mizell brothers. The atmosphere is light and soulful, with musicians bouncing off one another for ideas that shift closer towards R&B while maintaining a sense of jazz ideals. While there is no truly memorable anthemic release or hit to speak of, Caricatures serves its primary purpose of being a jazz fusion record to make both people dance and purists wince at the notion that jazz can fuse with other elements and achieve success.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2003
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724358073225
catalogNumber: 80732
Rank: 53072

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Donald Byrd   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals,Background Vocals
Patrice Rushen   Keyboards
Gary Bartz   Horn,Saxophone
Alphonse Mouzon   Drums
David T. Walker   Guitar
Wade Marcus   Conductor
Vernessa Mitchell   Background Vocals
George Bohannon   Trombone,Horn
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet,Horn
Scott Edwards   Bass
Mildred Lane   Vocals
Harvey Mason   Drums
Fonce Mizell   Trumpet,Horn,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Larry Mizell   Background Vocals
Jerry Peters   Keyboards
John Rowin   Guitar
Skip Scarborough   Keyboards
Stephanie Spruill   Percussion
Bernard Taylor   Guitar
Ernie Watts   Horn,Saxophone
Mayuto Correa   Percussion
Kay Haith   Vocals
Theresa Mitchell   Background Vocals
James Jameson   Bass

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Wade Marcus   String Arrangements
Donald Byrd   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer
Fonce Mizell   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Larry Mizell   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jim Nipar   Engineer
Sergio Reyes   Engineer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer
Ria Lewerke   Art Direction
Hirschfeld   Cover Art
Burton Yount   Reissue Design

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