Personnel: Charlie Byrd (guitar); Charlie Byrd; Sid Feller (alto recorder); Dick Hafer, Jerry Sanfino, Mike Tinnes, Mike Tinnes (tenor saxophone); Irvin "Marky" Markowitz, Jimmy Maxwell, Al DeRisi (trumpet); Jim Dahl, Ed Price, Edward Price, Billy Byers (trombone); Bill Betts (bass instrument); Jimmy Campbell , Jim Campbell (drums); Woody Herman (clarinet, alto saxophone); Joe Soldo (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Sam Marowitz (alto saxophone); Harold Feldman (tenor saxophone); Billy Slapin (baritone saxophone); Ernie Royal, Nat Adderley, Nick Travis, Paul Cohen , Charlie Shavers (trumpet); Frank Rehak (trombone); Eddie Costa (piano, vibraphone); Willie Rodriguez (congas, bongos).
Recording information: New York, NY (12/24/1958/12/26/1958).
Arrangers: Sid Feller; Ralph Burns.
Don't come to this 1959 reissue expecting soft and soothing bossa nova sounds: jazz guitar virtuoso Charlie Byrd's collaboration with Woody Herman is full of compressed energy. Herman's big band punctuates Byrd's inventive solos with typically punchy horn and percussion arrangements in vintage style through a succession of hot sambas, only pausing for breath for the occasional ballad. The "Summer Sequence" pieces demonstrate both Byrd's dazzling technique and the band's sumptuous sound, particularly in the breathtaking final segment.