In the late 1950s, New York was unquestionably the jazz capital of the world, but Charlie Byrd made Washington, DC the center of his universe and thrived. The feature attraction at a unique club called the Showboat, Byrd operated a trio that drew tourists, the Washington establishment, and hometown folks alike. He was a master of the amplified electric guitar, but he often played the acoustic instrument, applying what he learned in study with the Spanish master AndrŽs Segovia. For this recital, Byrd uses the unamplified instrument, sometimes cushioning its soft, pliant sound on a bed of woodwinds. Two of the numbers highlight another Washington institution, the tenor saxophonist Buck Hill. On four standard songs, the guitarist adds the piano of Charlie Schneer and vocals by his wife, Ginny Byrd. Throughout, Byrd fuses his primary influences, Segovia and Charlie Christian, in a style that made him one of the most popular guitarists of his time.
with Keter Betts, Ginny Byrd, Buck Hill, Bertell Knox, Charlie Schneer, and others