Charlie Byrd Du Hot Club de Concord
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- Released: November 1, 1995
- Label: Concord Records
- 1.Swing '59
- 2.Golden Earrings
- 5.Till The Clouds Roll By
- 8.At The Seaside (Na Praia)
- 9.Gypsy Boots (Sapatos Novos)
- 10.Old New Orleans Blues
- 13.Moon River
- 14.Besame Mucho
- 15.They Didn't Believe Me
Charlie Byrd Quintet: Charlie Byrd (guitar); Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica); Johnny Frigo (violin); Frank Vignola (guitar); Michael Moore (bass).
Recorded at Giant Recording, New York, New York on June 29 & 30, 1995. Includes liner notes by Thomas Cunniffe.
Personnel: Charlie Byrd (guitar); Frank Vignola (guitar); Johnny Frigo (violin); Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica).
Liner Note Author: Thomas Cunniffe.
Recording information: Giant Recording Studio, New York, NY (06/29/1995-06/30/1995).
This project is an inspired idea. Guitarist Charlie Byrd, who will always be best-known for his bossa nova recordings, also always loved Django Reinhardt's music. He heads du Hot Club de Concord, a group similar to the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, except that instead of being comprised of three guitars, one violin, and a bass, this ensemble has two guitars (with Frank Vignola playing rhythm behind Byrd), violinist Johnny Frigo, bassist Michael Moore, and Hendrik Meurkens on harmonica. The blend between harmonica and violin is particularly effective, and the repertoire ranges from swing tunes (including Byrd's "Swing '59") to some light Brazilian music, ballads, and standards. Byrd, Frigo, and Meurkens take plenty of fine solos, making this a highly recommended set. ~ Scott Yanow
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