Stepping Into Tomorrow is a classic jazz-funk bomb from the great Donald Byrd featuring an all star cast including Gary Bartz on saxophone, Chuck Rainey on bass, and the legendary Mizell Brothers on writing as well as production duties. Byrd was in a new creative phase of his career, moving away from the hard bop of his early years and collaborating with the Mizell Brothers to pioneer the jazz-funk genre by combining elements of jazz, funk, soul and R&B. This record, along with Black Byrd, Street Lady, Places and Spaces and Caricatures, would all become jazz-funk classics and inspire an entire generation of musicians and producers including Madlib, A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Quik, Tupac, De la Soul, 9th Wonder, and countless others… Essential and still a complete bomb on dance floors today!
– Phil Cho
Recommended – A1 Stepping Into Tomorrow, A3 We’re Together, A4 Think Twice
Tags: Jazz-funk / Mizell Brothers / Samples / Soul