January 7, 2014 – 5:07 am

A new column to keep those old recordings alive.

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Blues For Night People [CBS Realm Jazz Series]

Recorded August 4, 1957. Originally released in 1957 on Savoy. This is a mono vinyl rip of the 1963 CBS LP. Ripped by boogie-de, December 2013. The vinyl is out-of-print. This album was never issued on CD.

When you mention bossa nova, you think Stan Getz. But it was Charlie Byrd who introduced the bossa rhythms to Getz. Byrd remains in the margins and is hidden in the shadow of giants. Blues For Night People, recorded 56 years ago, introduced many jazz aficionados to jazz with a classical tilt. There is nothing middle-of-the-road here. This is jazz. It was never issued on CD and remains officially out-of-print. It belongs in a music fan’s collection.

Liner notes:

Byrd, in this album, has taken a rather wider view in exploring the guitar’s possibilities in jazz. His use of finger style on the unamplified Spanish guitar reveals all the delicacy of shade and colour to be wrought from the instrument and the way Byrd infuses a rich jazz flavour into his playing makes really beautiful listening. In the years since this LP was recorded, Byrd has passed through several important phases - he was one of the main contributors to the bossa nova explosion of the early ’60s when he partnered Stan Getz on the million-selling Desafinado - and his musical presence has continued to make itself felt in many diverse areas of music, yet Blues For Night People remains the high spot of this recording career. In short, one of the great jazz guitar records of our time.

Charlie Byrd died in 1999.

Thanks to boogie-de for the rip.

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Track 01. Blues For Night People - First Show 8:33 (7.2MB)
Track 02. Blues For Night People - 2 am 6:09 (5.2MB)
Track 03. Blues For Night People - 4 o’clock Funk 5:45 (4.8MB)
Track 04. Blues My Naughty Sweetie Taught Me 3:40 (3.1MB)
Track 05. Blues Prelude 5:23 (4.5MB)
Track 06. This Can’t Be Love 2:41 (2.3MB)
Track 07. Jive At Five 5:46 (4.8MB)
38 mins

Charlie Byrd - Spanish guitar
Keeter Betts - bass
Gus Johnson - drums

Late in 2012, Blues For Night People: The Nate Najar Trio Remembers Charlie Byrd was released on Candid Records. Rising guitar picker Nate Najar plays Byrd’s actual guitar the way Byrd did. Buy this tribute album here.

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  1. 12 Responses to “OUT-OF-PRINT”

  2. snap…
    grooves like a dancer…

    By the emperor`s new clothes on Jan 7, 2014

  3. Thanks, bigO. Saw Charlie Byrd in Annapolis in the late 70s. His Christmas Album is one of my all time favorites. Highly recommended.

    By NAMoosedog on Jan 7, 2014

  4. This has been issued on CD.


    By John Clem on Jan 7, 2014

  5. Does anybody have more info about the label that released the two-fer? Thank you.

    By Admin on Jan 7, 2014

  6. Beautiful….thanks guys ! And a Happy New Year to you !!

    By Grunt on Jan 7, 2014

  7. Thanks Big O! A really important album for me, this introduced me to jazz around the age of 12-13 and I still have the vinyl somewhere from my older brother’s collection. It influenced me to play jazz on piano and guitar less so but holds a special place in my heart!

    By swappers on Jan 7, 2014

  8. Great idea! Way to keep the music alive!

    By Just Bill on Jan 8, 2014

  9. Great idea, guys! Hard to believe what’s still unavailable…

    By Jeremy Shatan on Jan 10, 2014

  10. how about the first [self titled] NRBQ album. Its never been released on cd in North america.

    By sluggo on Jan 10, 2014

  11. excellent choice, sluggo!

    two i would like to have are: frankie miller’s “high life” and the steve gibbons band “down in the bunker”

    By barth on Jan 10, 2014

  12. so groovy!!

    By Paul on Jan 15, 2014

  13. Thanks!!

    By Ernie47 on Jun 21, 2014

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