Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Barney Kessel

Guitarist Barney Kessel recorded regularly for the Contemporary label during 1953-1961, one gem after another. In 1969 he returned to Lester Koenig's label for this lone effort, a quartet set with vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, bassist Chuck Domanico, and drummer Elvin Jones. The music is fairly free, particularly Kessel's four originals (which include "Blues, Up, Down & All Around" and "Two Note Samba"). Even Paul Simon's "The Sounds of Silence" and "This Guy's in Love With You" are turned into reasonably creative jazz by the all-star group. Although none of the musicians was associated exclusively with the avant-garde (Elvin Jones came the closest but never quite embraced free jazz), they show the influence of the explorations of the era, using aspects of the innovations as a logical way to stretch the jazz mainstream. Fascinating music.
Scott Yanow

Barney Kessel
Feeling Free

1 Moving Up (Kessel) 5:14
2 Blue Grass (Kessel) 9:24
3 This Guy's in Love With You (Bacharach, David) 5:14
4 Blues up, Down and All Around (Kessel) 8:21
5 The Sound of Silence (Simon) 7:39
6 Two Note Samba (Kessel) 4:55

Barney Kessel - g
Bobby Hutcherson - vb
Chuck Domanico - b
Elvin Jones - dr
Recorded at Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles ; February 13, 1969.


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Guitarristas said...

Many Many Thanks!!!

yewsta said...

Thank you.

ccgnostic said...

Many thanks for sharing!

stringbender said...

Thanks for sharing this unusual side.

MikeyBikey said...

Elvin Jones was one of the great jazzman but I feel his drumming here is a little overpowering. One (or two) too many drum solos for my liking I fear.

sasha said...

Hi Mel, Any chance of a re-up here??..The RS link is dead..Much appreciated..

Anonymous said...

Mel, please re-upload this! thanks!