I thought I’d heard pretty much everything out there that Isaac Hayes had had a hand in but I’ve recently come across an Album by Trumpeter Donald Byrd which was produced by Hayes back in 1981. The album’s called Love Byrd and for me there’s one stand out track called ‘Feel like lovin you today’ and it’s pure Hayes at his very best with the horn of Byrd being quite beautiful.
Here’s a link to the track on You Tube
and here’s a link to Wikipedia all about the album:-
Isaac plays piano, Fender Rhodes, vibraphone, percussion, synthesizer on the album but the other tracks don’t really hit the spot for me. Hayes pioneered the use of brass and strings on soul music tracks so a collaboration with trumpeter Byrd should be no surprise, however, it took me 38 years to find it!
* The lead photo is a scan of the front page of Hayes’ tour brochure of the UK in 1978 when I saw him at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall and then again at the Liverpool Empire. The latter gig, if memory serves, was added on to the tour (there may have been other additions too) due to the success of the previous concerts but Liverpool could only half fill the Empire whereas the Free Trade Hall was full. Photographer unknown.
** Hayes and Byrd are both deceased