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Charlie Byrd Trio & Woodwinds - Byrd In The Wind (1959)

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Charlie Byrd Trio & Woodwinds - Byrd In The Wind (1959)
Artist: Charlie Byrd
Title Of Album: Byrd In The Wind
Year Of Release: 1959
Label: OJC
Genre: Jazz, Bop
Format: Flac/Cue/Log/Artwork
Quality: Lossless
Total Time: 37:54
Total Size: 236 MB(+3%)


01 - Swing
02 - You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
03 - Showboat Shuffle
04 - Love Letters
05 - Cross Your Heart
06 - Keter's Dirty Blues
07 - You're A Sweetheart
08 - Stars Fell On Alabama
09 - You Came A Long Way From St. Louis
10 - Wait Till You See Her
11 - Georgia On My Mind
12 - Copacabana

personnel :

Charlie Byrd - guitar
Ginny Byrd - vocals
Richard White - oboe
Kenneth Pasmanick - bassoon
Buck Hill - tenor saxophone
Bertell Knox - drums
Charlie Schneer - piano
Keter Betts - bass

When Charlie Byrd recorded Byrd in the Wind in 1959, he was still two years away from discovering bossa nova. The guitarist had yet to interact with Astrud and Joao Gilberto or record anything by Antonio Carlos Jobim, and he had yet to become a major player in the Brazilian jazz field. Nonetheless, Byrd was an impressive jazzman even before he discovered bossa nova. Byrd (who sticks to the acoustic guitar on this album) already had a recognizably melodic sound -- one that underscored his appreciation of Django Reinhardt as well as Andres Segovia and the Spanish school of classical guitar -- and he would have left behind a worthwhile catalog even if he had retired in 1960. The guitarist's classical leanings are hard to miss on Byrd in the Wind, especially when he employs woodwind players (all of them members of the National Symphony Orchestra) on some of the selections. His love of classical music is evident on "Stars Fell on Alabama" and other standards; it is equally evident on Byrd originals like "Swing 59" and "Showboat Shuffle." Although most of these 1959 recordings are instrumental, singer Ginny Byrd (the guitarist's wife) is featured on four tracks: "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To," "You Came a Long Way From St. Louis," "Georgia on My Mind," and "Cross Your Heart." And her cool-toned performances show her to be a pleasant and capable (although not terribly original) vocalist with a strong Chris Connor/June Christy influence. Byrd in the Wind, which Fantasy reissued on CD in 2002 for its Original Jazz Classics (OJC) series, isn't among the guitarist's essential albums, but it's still a decent and pleasing document of his pre-bossa nova, pre-'60s period. ~ Alex Henderson

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