Caricatures (Donald Byrd album)

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Studio album by Donald Byrd
Released 1976
Recorded April–May, 1976
Genre Jazz
Label Blue Note
Producer Larry Mizell
Donald Byrd chronology
Places and Spaces
Thank You... for F.U.M.L (Funking Up My Life)

Caricatures is an album by American trumpeter Donald Byrd recorded and released on the Blue Note label in 1976.[1] It was Byrd's final album for the label and his fifth straight release produced by Larry Mizell.


The Allmusic review by Rob Theakston awarded the album 3 stars and stated "Caricatures serves its primary purpose of being a jazz fusion record to make both people dance and purists wince at the notion that jazz can fuse with other elements and achieve success".[2] This comes across as a negative but indeed Byrd had been creating jazz to cross over to other audiences as early as his seminal 1963 release "A New Perspective". This album has a slicker, more produced feel to it than his previous '70's albums but contains fine performances from Patrice Rushen, John Rowin and Scott Edwards.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Larry Mizell Byrd except as indicated
  1. "Dance Band" (Larry Mizell, Fonce Mizell) - 6:13
  2. "Wild Life" (Mizell, Mizell) - 5:59
  3. "Caricatures" - 5:10
  4. "Science Funktion" (Mizell, Mizell) 4:50
  5. "Dancing in the Street" (Marvin Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter, William "Mickey" Stevenson) - 4:43
  6. "Return of the King" (Mizell, Mizell) - 4:51
  7. "Onward 'Til Morning" - 3:47
  8. "Tell Me" (Donald Byrd, Larry Mizell) - 4:20
    • Recorded at The Sound Factory, Los Angeles, California in April–May, 1976



  1. ^ Donald Byrd discography accessed September 6, 2010
  2. ^ a b Theakston, R. Allmusic Review accessed September 6, 2010