2 LPs ON 1 CD
5 STARS DOWN BEAT MAGAZINE
This CD presents the complete original LP Byrd in the Wind (Offbeat OJ-3005), Charlie Byrd’s fourth effort as a leader. Recorded at the beginning of his career, this album clearly shows Byrd’s unique amalgam of jazz, blues and classical music, using the unamplified Spanish guitar as a jazz instrument. As a bonus, Byrd’s second album as a leader, Blues for Night People (Savoy MG12116) – added here in its entirety – showcasing the guitarist.
Includes 12-page booklet
CHARLIE BYRD, unamplified guitar on all tracks, plus:
(1) & (7) Wallace Mann (fl), Richard White (oboe),
Kenneth Pasmanick (bassoon), Keter Betts (b), Bertell Knox (d).
(2 & 5) Ginny Byrd (vcl).
(3 & 6) Buck Hill (ts), Keter Betts (b), Bertell Knox (d).
(4 & 10) Wallace Mann (fl), Richard White (oboe), Kenneth Pasmanick (bassoon).
(8) Unaccompanied guitar solo by Charlie Byrd.
(9 & 11) Ginny Byrd (vcl), Charlie Schneer (p), Keter Betts (b), Bertell Knox (d).
(12) Buck Hill (ts), Charlie Schneer (p), Keter Betts (b), Bertell Knox (d).
Washington DC, exact date unknown, 1959.
Arrangements by Charlie Byrd.
Woodwind arrangements by Dick Harrison on 1, 4, 7 & 10.
*Bonus album (13-17): BLUES FOR NIGHT PEOPLE:
Charlie Byrd (g)
Keter Betts (b)
Gus Johnson (d).
New York, August 4, 1957.
01 SWING 59 - 3:22
02 YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO - 2:50
03 SHOWBOAT SHUFFLE - 3:57
04 LOVE LETTERS - 3:00
05 CROSS YOUR HEART - 2:17
06 KETER’S DIRTY BLUES - 4:11
07 YOU’RE A SWEETHEART - 2:31
08 STARS FELL ON ALABAMA (Perkins-Parish) 3:15
09 YOU CAME A LONG WAY FROM ST. LOUIS- 3:30
10 WAIT TILL YOU SEE HER - 2:53
11 GEORGIA ON MY MIND - 3:08
12 COPACABANA - 2:54
13 BLUES FOR NIGHT PEOPLE (MEDLEY):
FIRST SHOW / 2.00 A.M./ 4 O’CLOCK FUNK - 20:31*
14 BLUES MY NAUGHTIE SWEETIE GIVES TO ME- 3:42*
15 BLUE PRELUDE - 5:22*
16 THIS CAN’T BE LOVE - 2:42*
17 JIVE AT FIVE - 5:42*
Total Time: 75:56
original review: BYRD IN THE WIND
“Charlie Byrd plays both classical and jazz guitar and has been identified with the late great Django Reinhardt, who also played the same kind of nonamplified guitar but which Byrd plays with a more modern interpretive feeling.” (George Hoeffer)
original review: BLUES FOR NIGHT PEOPLE
“The jazz feel and interpretation is ever present. Byrd knows his instrument inside out –and he re-establishes that the Spanish guitar can play swinging jazz. This one undeniably is a must for all with the slightest interest in the instrument. (John A. Tynan)