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Review – “Come Fly With Me” by Isaac Byrd Jr

 December 28, 2018

By  ExoticDJ

The trumpet man is back with a new collection of tracks that I think you will love. The album is called Come Fly With Me, and the set has a little something for everyone.

Isaac Byrd Jr. started out in his native Florida as a drummer, playing in a band that put their funky spin on jazz standards. Byrd later transitioned over to the trumpet to tell his stories.

We are certainly glad he did!

In Come Fly With Me, you will hear Byrd’s Funk influences, and in addition to the original songs, you will also recognize a couple of the tracks that he reimagines in a jazz groove.

Review – “Come Fly With Me” by Isaac Byrd Jr

The set starts off with Come Fly With Me, the title track. The song features Byrd’s stellar trumpet skills, and you can get a sense of his artistry as Byrd plays all of the instruments on the track. The only instrument he does not play here is the guitar. David P. Stevens lends his guitar prowess on the track.

Ridin’ is up next. This is one of those tracks where the title really fits the groove. It is a funky, mid-tempo song that can be a part of a soundtrack where you are driving down the highway, as you head directly toward the sunset. The keyboard hits drive the song, but the trumpet is also out front, with just enough rhythm guitar for you to feel it.

The legendary Tom Browne is featured on the next track. It is called Charm City Funk, and it you know it is going to be all about the funk with that talk box intro. What else can you say about the track as two trumpet masters stage a jam session, and I guarantee it will get you moving in your seat.

Byrd slows it down a bit with Everlasting. The song features Willie Moore III on guitar. The song is a sort of duet, as Byrd’s trumpet takes the first verse and Moore’s guitar plays the second. One thing I should note is that the talk box as an instrument is definitely a lost art. Byrd makes it a star of the song, and I am definitely not mad at that.

Up next we have one of the two remakes. This one is the Janet Jackson hit, Anytime Anyplace. Byrd does such a good job here that I actually prefer this version to the original. This song seems to be better as an instrumental groove. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced Herb Alpert back in the day, so it kind of makes sense that the trumpet would work well as the lead instrument. This is definitely one of the more sensual songs on the album.

Would you like another smooth groove? Well, I believe you will love the track, Meek. It also features Nils on guitar, and this is one of those songs that should be on your “chillout” playlist. Byrd and Nils play nicely together and this is one of my favorites on the album.

The second remake is up next. It is Drake‘s Hold On, We’re Going Home. Coincidentally, this is my favorite song from Drake, so I am happy to say that Byrd does a great job on the track. This is a song that you can add to your dinner party playlist.

You do have different playlists for specific occasions, right?

Groovin’ is up next, and it features Blair Bryant on bass. Once again, the drum beats are on point which shows Byrd’s versatility. Add a funky bassline to it, and you have yourself a winner.

We now get an uptempo track with Flying High. David P. Stevens is back on guitar, and this is just a feel-good track. This reminds me of one of those “jam session” songs where the musicians play the groove for about 15 minutes. Flying High comes in at 4:42, which is a nice compromise.

The set concludes with Let’s Dance. The track features Marcus Anderson, and it has an EDM feel to it. I love it when artists record a track or two that reflects different musical styles. This is a track that will get you up and moving (if you need some extra motivation).

If you want to jam to some smooth jazz that features the trumpet, you will not go wrong with Isaac Byrd Jr’s. latest album. With several mid-tempo tracks, a few slow jams and a couple of nice remakes, you will have a good variety of songs to add to your playlists. We recommend Come Fly With Me, and I am sure you will also like the music from beginning to end.

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