& The Washington Guitar Quintet.
Personnel: Charlie Byrd, John Marlow, Jeffrey Meyerriecks, Myrna Sislen, Larry Snitzler, Howard Alden, Carlos Barbosa-Lima (guitar); Joe Byrd (bass); Chuck Redd (drums).
Recorded at Omega Recording Studios, Rockville, Maryland on April 15, 1992 and Penny Lane Studios, New York, New York on May 14, 1992. Includes liner notes by Jim Ferguson.
Romanticism, Afro-Latin voicings and classical stylings are the three primary components of Charlie Byrd's most recent release. It blends his playing with that of Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Jeffrey Meyerriecks, Myrna Sislen and Larry Snitzler, and the quintet members expertly complement and contrast each other on a program of American popular standards, compositions by Vivaldi, Mozart, Antonio Carlos Jobim and three superb interpretations of the Bix Beiderbecke masterpieces "In A Mist," "Candlelights" and "In The Dark." It's more structured than improvisatory, but the playing is so compelling and exquisite that it should appeal to both guitar lovers and music fans generally. ~ Ron Wynn