Donald Byrd – “Places and Spaces”

2012 2013. I thought we were supposed to have robot butlers by now.

Anyhow, happy new year—er, uh, nine days ago. No matter. I hope all 1.5 of you are doing well, and are as optimistic about the coming year as I am. I can’t lie 2012 has been an incredible year for me, lots of changes and all for the better. I moved to a new city, met great people, got into shape, and grown personally and professionally. There’s been stress and struggle, but there’s been a lot more success and happiness. Now I can say that I’m coming into my own and getting comfortable with who I am, what I’d like to do, and where I’m at. I’m looking forward to 2013 because I know I’ll go even further than I did last year, and I’m going to make it happen.

The pressure was on to find that perfect track to usher in the new year, but I think I have something here.  The title track of Donald Byrd‘s classic burner from ’75, Places and Spaces. A legendary trumpeter whose career has spanned over four decades, Byrd has had one hell of a career, but it’s his later jazz fusion and R&B inspired fare which has me hitting repeat constantly and it’s this listen in particular which has my utmost attention. It’s upbeat and positive, and its speed, grace, and soul puts me in such a good mood. My head is in the clouds when this one is flowing, and I can’t help but think about the places and spaces I’ll be going this year.

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