Charlie Byrd (1925 - 1999) is best remembered for the work he did with Stan Getz, and for his work with Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel, as The Great Guitars. The significance of those two associations sometimes obscures the remarkably innovative work he did in the late 1950's and 1960's with his trio. Although Laurindo Almeida preceded him in the use of the concert guitar in the jazz setting, Byrd's style and technique seemed a perfect fit for jazz. He brought to the concert guitar both a high degree of sophistication due to his classical training and kind of down home quality that came through when he played blues and straight ahead jazz. It was said he could play a Bach Cantata with the same ease as a Gershwin song, but he delivered each in its own unique way.
- Shiny Stockings - Jive at Five - Jitterbug Waltz - Wave - Orpheus Samba - It Don't Mean a Thing - Someone to Light Up My Life - Just Friends - Trouble in Mind - Seven Come Eleven - Thou Swell