The Blackbyrds Happy Music: The Best of the Blackbyrds
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- Released: February 27, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Fantasy
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The Blackbyrds: Orville Saunders (guitars); Allan Barnes (saxophone, wind); Joe Hall (bass instrument); Keith Killgo, Kevin Toney.
Personnel: Orville Saunders, Barney Perry (guitar); Allan Curtis Barnes, Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson (saxophone); Kevin Toney (keyboards); Keith Killgo (drums); Perk Jacobs (percussion).
Additional personnel: Barney Perry (guitars); Stephen Johnson (saxophone, wind); Perk Jacobs.
Liner Note Author: Don Mizell.
Photographer: Tony Lane.
Formed in the mid 1970s by jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, the Blackbyrds ventured far into soul/funk territory much like the contemporaneous work of Herbie Hancock and George Duke. With groove as its guide, the Washington, D.C.-based ensemble even garnered a few minor pop hits, most notably the dance-oriented title track and the light, breezy single "Walking in Rhythm," both of which are featured on this well-compiled collection.
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