Charlie Byrd – Byrd In The Wind (2019) [FLAC 24 bit, 44,1 kHz]

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Artist: Charlie Byrd
Album: Byrd In The Wind
Genre: Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova
Release Date: 2019
Audio Format:: FLAC (tracks) 24 bit, 44,1 kHz
Duration: 37:53
Total Tracks: 12
Total Size: 390 MB


1-1. Charlie Byrd – Swing (Remastered) (03:22)
1-2. Charlie Byrd – You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To (Remastered) (02:50)
1-3. Charlie Byrd – Showboat Shuffle (Remastered) (03:57)
1-4. Charlie Byrd – Love Letters (Remastered) (03:00)
1-5. Charlie Byrd – Cross Your Heart (Remastered) (02:17)
1-6. Charlie Byrd – Keter’s Dirty Blues (Remastered) (04:11)
1-7. Charlie Byrd – You’re A Sweetheart (Remastered) (02:31)
1-8. Charlie Byrd – Stars Fell On Alabama (Remastered) (03:15)
1-9. Charlie Byrd – You Came A Long Way From St. Louis (Remastered) (03:30)
1-10. Charlie Byrd – Wait Till You See Her (Remastered) (02:53)
1-11. Charlie Byrd – Georgia On My Mind (Remastered) (03:08)
1-12. Charlie Byrd – Copacabana (Remastered) (02:53)


Digitally remastered two-fer containing a pair of albums from the Jazz great: Byrd in the Wind and Blues for Night People. Byrd in the Wind was 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.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 João 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 Andrés 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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