- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: September 25, 2000
- Label: Concord Records
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.It Don't Mean a Thing
- 2.As Long as I Live
- 3.I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
- 5.Soft Lights and Sweet Music
- 6.St. Louis Blues
- 8.I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan
- 10.This Can't Be Love
- 11.Mood Indigo
- 13.Remembering Louis Amstrong
- 14.The Christmas Song
- 15.Don't Explain
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 2.Charlotte's Fancy
- 5.Vou Vivendo
- 7.Na Praia
- 9.The Moon Was Yellow
- 10.Noy de La Mare, El
- 11.O Pato
- 12.Beyond the Horizon
- 13.Invocation to Shango
- 15.B?same Mucho
- 16.So Danco Samba
Personnel includes: Charlie Byrd (guitar); Maucha Adnet (vocals); Bud Shank (alto saxophone); Ken Peplowski (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Scott Hamilton (tenor saxophone); Steve Wilson (saxophone); Joe Wilder (trumpet); Hendrik Meurkins (harmonica); Johnny Frigo (violin); Chuck Redd (vibraphone, drums); Robert Redd, Allen Farnham (piano); Frank Vignola, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Jeffrey Meyerriecks, Myrna Sislen, Larry Snitzler, John Marlow, Romero Lubambo, Laurindo Almeida (guitar); Joe Byrd, John Goldsby, Michael Moore, Dennis Irwin, Bill Douglas, Nilson Matta, Larry Grenadier, Bob Magnusson (bass); Michael Shapiro (drums, percussion); Wayne Phillips, Duduka Da Fonseca, Jeff Hamilton (drums); Milt Holland (percussion); Annapolis Brass Quintet.
Producers include: Carl Jefferson, Allen Farnham, John Burk, Charlie Byrd, Carlos Barbosa-Lima.
Compilation producer: Jim Ohlschmidt.
Recorded between 1979 and 2000. Includes liner notes by Jim Ohlschmidt and John Burk.
Digitally remastered by George Horn.
Personnel: Charlie Byrd (guitar); Ma£cha Adnet (vocals); Jeffrey Meyerriecks, Myrna Sislen, Larry Snitzler, Romero Lubambo, Carlos Barbosa-Lima (guitar); Johnny Frigo (violin); Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica); Ken Peplowski (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Bud Shank (alto saxophone); Scott Hamilton (tenor saxophone); Joe Wilder (trumpet); Allen Farnham (piano); Chuck Redd (vibraphone, drums); Michael Shapiro (drums, percussion); Wayne Phillips, Jeff Hamilton (drums); Milt Holland (percussion).
The late Charlie Byrd deserves a place in jazz history if only for two things: he brought the nylon-string acoustic guitar into the jazz mainstream, and he helped introduce the Brazilian sound into jazz (and pop). Byrd's use of classical guitar technique in swing and bebop established a style that was sublimely tasteful, warmly rhythmic, and mellow without being bland. THE BEST OF THE CONCORD YEARS is just that--a wonderful cross-section of Charlie Byrd's artistry in a variety of contexts, covering the years 1979-2000. Disc One is devoted to jazz standards: some genial yet heartfelt Ellington treatments ("Cottontail," "Solitude"), some romantic mood music ("Soft Lights & Sweet Music") and a tip of the hat to another master guitarist ("Django"). Disc Two focuses on the Brazilian sounds of samba and bossa nova ("Desafinado," "Dindi") and Brazilian-ized standards ("Besame Mucho"). Throughout, Byrd plays with subtle, muted fervor and gentle swing. In addition, CONCORD YEARS features contributions from such luminaries as Scott Hamilton, Bud Shank, Michael Moore, and Joe Wilder.