Byrd Song
  • CAT # OJCCD-1092-2

    1. I Left My Heart In San Francisco 2:59
    2. Who Will Buy? 3:10
    3. The Night We Called It A Day 2:41
    4. Wildcat 2:22
    5. Felicidade 4:44
    6. Action Painting 3:00
    7. This Can't Be Love 5:37
    8. Let's Do It 3:21
    9. God Bless The Child 7:05
    10. My Favorite Things 8:38
    11. Swing '59 3:16
    12. Born To Be Blue 4:22

There is nothing else like Byrd Song in the extensive discography of the great guitarist Charlie Byrd. At the collection's center is Byrd's trio with bassist Keter Betts and Bill Reichenbach, performing their usual jazz magic. Behind them on many of the tracks is an ethereal presence, a chorus playing hide and seek with melodies, trading phrases with the trio. The result is both calming and stimulating and it has made the LP--long out of print--an underground favorite, nearly a cult item. Public radio stations have been known to use this music in fund-raisers for the effect it has on their audiences. Now, for the first time on CD, we hear Byrd's trio and those mystical voices in the splendor of digital sound. Among the rewards of this CD, Rodgers and Hart's "This Can't Be Love" gets one of its most joyful interpretations, Mel Tormé's "Born to Be Blue" one of its most mysterious.

with Keter Betts, Bill Reichenbach

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