This week we say goodbye to one of the great American jazz-fusion musicians, Donald Byrd, who passed away aged 80 on the 4th of February, 2013. His musical legacy is wonderful, some of which has already featured in various VibeRide mixes down the years, and he was one of the best at fusing jazz with funk and soul. Such was his contribution to jazz-funk that I felt a special mix dedicated to the man himself was essential.
Mix Sixty One is here and it's another generous helping of funk-heavy grooves to soothe the soul and raise the spirits. Listen out for the very insightful lyrics in 'We Had Enough' by Arnie Love & The Lovelettes, which are as relevant today as they were 33 years ago when they were first penned. Some things never change, huh.
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