Monday, January 4, 2016

Barney Kessel Sleeping at Sometime

Originally available on the Japanese Trio label, this Storyville CD reissue unfortunately has no liner notes. Guitarist Barney Kessel performs a set of overly relaxed warhorses with a couple of quietly supportive sidemen (bassist Kunimitsu Inaba and drummer Tetsujirah Obara) at a Tokyo club. Laurindo Almeida's "Barniana" is the only obscure material on a low-key and lightly swinging date which finds Kessel emphasizing his chordal work on such tunes as "Girl From Ipanema," "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "Willow Weep For Me." Sleepy music.
Scott Yanow

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Barney Kessel
Live at Sometime


1 Georgia on My Mind (Carmichael, Gorrell)  4:20
2 The Girl from Ipanema (DeMoraes, Gimbel, Jobim)  4:50
3 Feelings (Albert)  4:53
4 Bye Bye Blackbird (Dixon, Henderson)  5:54
5 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  6:31
6 Barniana (Almeida)  5:01
7 Stella by Starlight (Washington, Young)  5:53
8 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell)   4:19
9 What Is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter)  4:25
10 Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein, Romberg)  6:00


Barney Kessel - g
Kunimitsu Inaba - b
Tetsujiroh Obara - dr

Recorded live at Sometime, Kichijyoji, Tokyo, February 23, 1977


deGallo said...

Thank you for Barney Kessel-Live At Sometime...He is my favorite jazz guitarist and I appreciate this CD issue.

Kneigh said...

Thank you, Melanchthon, for this Barney Kessel!! 'Sleepy' Kessel is better than no Kessel!!

zoltanzylox said...

Of course it's a matter of taste, but if you care to listen carefully, you'll realize that Barney's solo on Stella By Starlight is phenomenal, the essence of later Barney, especially because he executes his trademark "moving thirds" in a majestic manner. In my opinion this solo stands up among his best improvisations.

blabberblabber said...

I have over 35 albums under Kessel's name, and then the many he did as a predominant sideman. I still think this is one of his better sides. It's a trio, which leaves him fully exposed as a player. But one of the main reasons I like it is because he's not the balls-to-the-wall hyper-guitarist; there are few of the characteristic Kessel splats and squeeks where his head over-reaches his hand.

And though I love them too, is it worth comparing to a "Sleepy Day in the Life" in a Don Sebesky sandwich? Or perhaps a comparison to some of Burrell's sleepier sides?

Tastes are individual. I like this side a lot.

Melanchthon said...

musician3 said...

AMAZING..................THANK YOU FOR ALL

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks to you Mel, it's still Xmas time. Best to you.

Roberto Ferrari said...

Thanks, simply my favorite jazz guitar!!!!!

Isidoro Macarena said...

muchisimas gracias Mel

rowgatien said...

Thank you so much! Really nice.