Album Info

Concord Jazz
Jazz, Bop
The second Great Guitars album features guitarists Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, and Herb Ellis matching wits and generally inspiring each other throughout this studio set. The trio, along with bassist Joe Byrd and drummer Wayne Philips, are heard together on four numbers (best are "Lover" and Ellis' "Outer Drive"); Ellis and Kessel duet on "Makin' Whoopee"; Byrd has two features to himself; and a medley combines together short versions of "Nuages" and "Goin' Out of My Head" with the typically exuberant "Flying Home." A fine all-around effort.
Scott Yanow, Rovi