Charlie Byrd Trio And Guests - Byrd At The Gate [Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-515] (1963)

Released: 1963
Country: US
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Catalog: MFSL 1-515
Genre: Jazz, Bossa Nova

Item# SR-MOMFSL1515
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=NM-

Note: 1982 MFSL Reissue

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Shiny Stockings
02 More (Theme From Mondo Cane)
03 Blues For Night People
04 Butter And Egg Man
05 Ela Me Deixou
06 Broadway
07 I Left My Heart In San Francisco
08 Some Other Spring
09 Where Are The Hebrew Children?

Byrd At The Gate
Charlie Byrd Trio And Guests

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Album Review

Shawn M. Haney []

This is a listening pleasure to the first degree. Unlike any other, Charlie Byrd sincerely knows how to make his instrument speak, sending graceful chords and melodies to this attentive audience. Staged at the Village Gate in New York City, Byrd pulls out a lengthy set of material from his soul, encountering everything from swing jazz to bebop (with the help of two special guests) to Latin America's candid art form. Yes, the trio plays bossa nova with grace and finesse, enlightening the crowd at this ''miniature music festival,'' notes reviewer Joe Goldberg. Byrd prances along with his trio mates, Keter Betts on bass and Bill Reichenbach on the skins. Positively speaking, the majority of the material has a vibrant flair, with some attuned to a candid, easy listening aura, while other tunes heighten the energy with dramatic percussion and more elaborate sonic territory. For example, Byrd uses his colorful musical personality well during his originals, ''Blues for Night People'' and ''Ela Me Deixou,'' while doing well to inspire with ''Shiny Stockings'' and an inviting ''I Left My Heart in San Francisco.'' Melancholy and sweet, the trio brings in guests Seldon Powell on tenor sax and Clark Terry (''Some Other Spring'') on trumpet to engage the listeners even further with spontaneity and creative charm. Joyous and uplifting, this record is sure to free up one's day, helping to release stress and put the swing beat, which might have been lost, back into the steps. ''Where Are the Hebrew Children?,'' a piece registering in at eight long minutes, provides the template for a stirring free jam, eerie and haunting at times, honing in on a darker-feeling blues riff. Cheers to the Charlie Byrd Trio for a dynamic effort during this May 1963 gig. Applause, applause.