This album plays like a Charlie Byrd home movie, a candid and informal document of the family and friends who helped the legendary guitarist launch his career as a jazz innovator during his years of residence at the Showboat Lounge in Washington, D.C. In settings ranging from duos to one septet track, Byrd receives ample opportunities to display his blend of jazz, blues, country, and classical influences. Among the other participants are Byrd's longtime bassist Keter Betts, whose cello is also feature on the spontaneous "Conversation Piece"; his wife Ginny, who sings on two tracks; and two musicians who would gain greater notoriety decades later--Washington tenor legend Buck Hill and T. Carson, who assumed the piano chair in the Count Basie Orchestra after the Count's death. The writing of valve trombonist Bobby Felder is featured on four tracks, and the familiar Byrd trio sound is heard on "Satin Doll."
with Bobby Felder, Buck Hill, T. Carson, Keter Betts, Bertell Knox, Ginny Byrd, and others