Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
It's a Wonderful World
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
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Smooth straight jazz done right
Eric J. Anderson | Ankeny, Iowa | 01/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Byrd and his band are their usual musical and highly competent selves. Hamilton's sax is smooth as silk. It's hard for me to review this album because I can't really find anything to criticize.
The recording quality is very good. The songs have strong melodies, and the improvisations never veer off into atonality or astringency. It is relaxing, but not boring. Perhaps it isn't the ultimate in virtuosity, but I think I could call it near-virtuoso. The ensemble has a coherent "tight looseness" -- the musicians are all together, but the music isn't mechanical.
I'm sorry to see this album is out of print and not a big seller. For my money, and for my listening pleasure, this album is better than Byrd's huge 1960's success Jazz Samba with Getz.
The biggest compliment I can offer is that I've played it many times and I'm not weary of it. When I see it on the shelf, it is like an old friend that I want to spend some time with. When I play it, it makes me smile inside. If you're looking for avant garde, look elsewhere. If you want straight ahead jazz in the smooth lyrical Stan Getz or Vince Guaraldi mode, I think this fills the bill."