Blues Sonata

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Blues Sonata
Blues Sonata.jpg
Studio album by Charlie Byrd
Released 1963
Recorded October 23 & 24, 1961
New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 40:35
Label Offbeat
OLP 3009
RLP 453
Producer Bil Grauer
Charlie Byrd chronology
Charlie Byrd at the Village Vanguard
Blues Sonata
Jazz Samba

Blues Sonata is an album by American jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd featuring tracks recorded in 1961 and released on the Riverside label in 1963.[1]The album was first released on the Washington Records Offbeat imprint but only received limited distribution prior to Byrd signing with Riverside.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

Allmusic awarded the album 4½ stars stating "this is really two albums in one sleeve, showcasing two rather different formats for this highly original guitarist to pursue".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Charlie Byrd except as indicated

  1. The Blues Sonata: Polonaise for Pour Pietro" - 7:01
  2. "The Blues Sonata: Ballad in B Minor" - 5:01
  3. "The Blues Sonata: Scherzo for an Old Shoe" - 9:08
  4. "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (Irving Berlin) - 5:26
  5. "Jordu" (Duke Jordan) - 4:37
  6. "That Ole Devil Called Love" (Doris Fisher, Allan Roberts) - 4:52
  7. "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" (James F. Hanley) - 4:30



  1. ^ Riverside Records discography accessed October 31, 2012
  2. ^ Washington Records discography accessed October 31, 2012
  3. ^ a b Ginell, R. S. Allmusic Review accessed October 31, 2012