The arrangements by Tommy Newsom for strings, brass, and woodwinds may be a bit sweet and the 12 performances may be overly concise (often under three minutes), but the resulting music is strangely pleasing. Acoustic guitarist Charlie Byrd always had a strong affinity for Brazilian jazz, and he sticks exclusively to Antonio Carlos Jobim songs during this tasteful and melodic effort. "Truly beautiful music." Scott Yanow/AMG
I was a fan of Charlie Byrd from his first album out of his Washington, D.C. base of operations. Yet somehow I missed out on this Columbia LP which came out in 1965 and has arrangements backing Byrd’s acoustic guitar with a string section, brass and some woodwinds. Most of the dozen tracks were arranged in a somewhat sweet fashion by Tom Newsom, with three of the tracks being arranged by Byrd himself. Columbia’s Teo Macero produced the session. However, they’re not cloyingly sweet and certainly better than most jazz-with-orchestral-backing efforts. The music all comes from the great Antonio Carlos Jobim and fits right in with Byrd’s affinity for Brazilian jazz. His unique-sounding guitar is the featured solo instrument in nearly all the tracks. The backing takes three rather different approaches: one with the strings, woodwind and just French horn, one where three other of the woodwinds join the French horn, and one where the whole brass section comes in too.
Byrd originally got hot on Brazilian music when he toured South America in 1961. The next year Tom Newsom was a saxist and arranger with Benny Goodman’s band and spent time in Brazil. So working together, the pair in 1965 have assembled a delightful look at the music of the renowned Brazilian guitarist/composer/singer Jobim. The remastering—from Ray Staff at Air Mastering in London—is a terrific job and the warm vinyl sonics should please any audiophile. JH Audiophile Audition May 29th 2014 by John Henry
Review: The Audio Beat -What a delightful album! No pretense, no navel gazing, no looking for deep, esoteric meanings, Brazilan Byrd is simply a collection of a dozen lovely tunes, only four of which last over three minutes, performed with enthusiasm and class. Another Columbia recording laid down within the cavernous walls of their famed 30th Street Studio, this Teo Macero-produced, mid-'60s LP features the underappreciated guitarist Charlie Byrd in various musical settings that either he or Tommy Newsom arranged. The fact that all of the tunes were written by Antonio Carlos Jobim, the internationally recognized Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist, only adds spice to the mix of sounds. Guy Lemcoe Nov 2014
Personnel : Charlie Byrd, acoustic guitar, with strings, brass & woodwinds.
Side A : 1. Corcovado 2. Jazz 'n' Samba 3. That Look You Wear 4. The Girl From Ipanema
5.Samba Do Aviao 6.Engano
Side B: 1. Amor E Paz 2. Dindi 3. Cancao Do Amor Demais 4. As Praias Desertas
5. Samba Torto 6. Someone To Light Up My Life
Produced by: Teo Macero