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Bobbi Humphrey – Blacks and Blues

Bobbi Humphrey
Black & Blues
Style: Jazz
Label: Blue Note
Catalog Number: BN-LA142-G
Released: 1974, 70's
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Blacks and Blues was recorded in 1973 when American jazz flutist Bobbi Humphrey was just 23 years old, two years after becoming the first African-American female instrumentalist signed by Blue Note. And yet, the only indication of her age is her sweet sugary timbre as she makes her vocal debut. The success of Blacks and Blues (including its many incarnations as hip hop samples) is no surprise given the ingredients: Blue note session musicians, the writing/producing/arranging genius of the Mizell brothers who masterminded Donald’s Byrd’s legendary album Black Byrd, and the fresh, bubbling talent of Bobbi Humphrey. So talented in fact that she improvised every blow of the flute over already fully written and recorded tracks. The vibe is funky, loose, fun, and free. A true jazz funk masterpiece ripe for summertime listening under the sun or the stars. Especially perfect for road trip cruising with the windows down, and the outside breeze flowing right into the air of Humphrey’s carefree flute.

– Lauren Fay Levy

Recommended – A2 Harlem River Drive, B3 Baby’s Gone

Tags: Jazz-funk / Mizell Brothers / Soul-jazz
Tracklist:

A1 Chicago, Damn
A2 Harlem River Drive
A3 Just A Love Child
B1 Blacks And Blues
B2 Jasper Country Man
B3 Baby’s Gone

Credits:

Produced by: Larry Mizell and Chuck Davis
Executive Producer: George Butler
Arranged, Conducted, Written by: Larry Mizell
Flute, Solo vocals: Bobbi Humphrey
Piano, Fender Rhodes: Jerry Peters
Fender Bass: Chuck Rainey, Ron Brown
Clavinet, Trumpet: Fonce Mizell
Arp Synthesizer: Fred Perren
Guitar: David T. Walker, John Rowin
Drums: Harvey Mason
Percussion – Stephanie Spruill
Congas: King Errison
Backing Vocals, Vocal Arrangements: Fred Perron, Larry Mizell, Fonce Mizell
Engineer – John Mills
Design – John Williams

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