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Album · 1973

Filed under Funk Jazz
By DONALD BYRD

Tracklist

A1 Lansana's Priestess 7:42
A2 Miss Kane 7:35
A3 Sister Love 6:46
B1 Street Lady 5:39
B2 Witch Hunt 9:43
B3 Woman Of The World 6:55

Total Time: 42:25

Line-up/Musicians

Donald Byrd - trumpet
Roger Glenn - flute
Jerry Peters - piano, electric piano
Fonce Mizell - clavinet, trumpet, vocals
Fred Perren - synthesizer, vocals
David T. Walker - guitar
Chuck Rainey - electric bass
Harvey Mason - drums
King Errisson - congas
Stephanie Spruill - percussion
Larry Mizell - vocals, arranger, conductor

About this release

Blue Note – BN-LA140-F (US)

Recording Date: June 13, 14 & 15, 1973.
Recorded at Sound Factory, Hollywood, California

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This record is a lot of fun; it's extremely listenable for the first few plays and its undeniably catchy at many times. However, after the first few euphoric listens, the shimmer wears away and the record starts to fall flat. Lansana's Priestess is the star track undoubtedly and is ultimately the only essential song on the album.

Street Lady is pretty easily described as jazz disco and Lansana's Priestess is a great example of the two opposed genres melding together into something fresh and exciting. The guitar is funky and crisp, the flute and synthesizer are pastoral and Donald Byrd does a fair bit of improvisation. However, the record as a whole is a bit mind numbing and an unfortunate harbinger of bloodless over produced jazz pop of the later 70's. Don't mistake this for harsh criticism, it is meant only to be honest. As a background or party album, it's tremendous. But it's not an album that warrants repeated intensive listening.

Play this album for your friends or while working out. It's got a lot of pep and won't drag anyone's mood down.

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