THE GREAT GUITARS
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A sporadically recurring supergroup featuring Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, and Barney Kessel, Great Guitars' portentous name carries enormous expectations. But with world-class talent like these three operating in comfortable mainstream country, the music is usually worthy of the billing, genially swinging and harmonically erudite, with Byrd's classical and Latin influences playing against Ellis' and Kessel's Charlie Christian-grounded solo bop. Founded in 1973, Great Guitars recorded its first live album in July of 1974 -- it was the fledgling Concord Jazz label's fourth release -- and the three would reunite now and then to tour and record four more albums. Though a crippling stroke in 1992 ended Barney Kessel's career, Byrd and Ellis carried on with Great Guitars, adding Ron Escheté to the lineup at the Carl Jefferson tribute concert at the Concord Pavilion in July 1995, and recording a fine reunion album in 1996 with Mundell Lowe and, on five read more...
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The Return of the Great Guitars
Bop 1996

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Charlie Byrd / Barney Kessel / Herb Ellis ‎: Great Guitars
Bop 1974
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Great Guitars II
Bop 1976
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Great Guitars/Straight Tracks
Bop 1978
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Great Guitars At The Winery
Bop 1980
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Great Guitars At Charlie's Georgetown
Bop 1983

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The Concord Jazz Heritage Series
Bop 1998
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Live
Bop 2001

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Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis And Tal Farlow - In Concert
Bop 2003

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