Blues Sonata

Charlie Byrd

Blues Sonata MP3
  • CAT # OJCCD-1063-25

    1. The Blues Sonata: Polonaise Pour Pietro 6:58
    2. The Blues Sonata: Ballad In B Minor 4:57
    3. The Blues Sonata: Scherzo For An Old Shoe 9:06
    4. Alexander's Ragtime Band 2:31
    5. Jordu 7:05
    6. That Ole Devil Called Love 3:50
    7. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart 5:59

It is probably foolish to speak of a "best" album by an artist as prolific and versatile as Charlie Byrd, but Blues Sonata has to be on the short list of his greatest efforts. It features his most imposing original music, the three-part title suite in which he attains a seamless combination of the classical and jazz influences that made Byrd a total original on the unamplified guitar; and it also finds him stretching out for a rare appearance on electric guitar that is equally swinging and inventive. Keter Betts and Buddy Deppenschmidt, the reliable rhythm section of the Charlie Byrd Trio, are present throughout, and the tracks with electric guitar also feature the incisive piano of fellow Riverside artist Barry Harris.

with Barry Harris, Keter Betts, Buddy Deppenschmidt

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