Du Hot Club De Concord

The Charlie Byrd Quintet

Du Hot Club De Concord
  • CAT # CCD-4674-25

    1. Swing '59 4:41
    2. Golden Earrings 3:42
    3. Lamentos 4:38
    4. Carinhoso 4:55
    5. Till The Clouds Roll By 3:54
    6. Jubilee 3:47
    7. Frenesi 3:48
    8. At The Seaside (Na Praia) 4:13
    9. Gypsy Boots (Sapatos Novos) 3:31
    10. Old New Orleans Blues 5:43
    11. Cottontail 4:39
    12. Perfidia 4:03
    13. Moon River 2:55
    14. Besame Mucho 4:17
    15. They Didn't Believe Me 3:34

This project is an inspired idea. Guitarist Charlie Byrd, who will always be best-known for his bossa nova recordings, also always loved Django Reinhardt's music. He heads du Hot Club de Concord, a group similar to the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, except that instead of being comprised of three guitars, one violin, and a bass, this ensemble has two guitars (with Frank Vignola playing rhythm behind Byrd), violinist Johnny Frigo, bassist Michael Moore, and Hendrik Meurkens on harmonica. The blend between harmonica and violin is particularly effective, and the repertoire ranges from swing tunes (including Byrd's "Swing '59") to some light Brazilian music, ballads, and standards. Byrd, Frigo, and Meurkens take plenty of fine solos, making this a highly recommended set. (by Scott Yanow at allumusic.com)

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