But before, during, and after the craze, Byrd was capable of much more-a remarkable impoviser and a richly versatile in-person performer. This 1963 ‘live’ session at a celebrated New York club, the Village Gate, offers a little South American flavor and a lot of other jazz elements, including the guest appearance of trumpet great Clark Terry.
AllMusic Review by 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.
2. More (theme from Mondo Cane)
3. Blues For Night People
4. Butter and Egg Man
5. Ela Me Deixou
2. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
3. Some Other Spring
4. Where Are The Hebrew Children?
5. Let’s Do It
6. Jive at Five