Saturday, December 12, 2015

Modern Jazz Performances from Bizet's Carmen

This is an unusual set that has been reissued on CD. During an era when many Broadway and movie scores were recorded in jazz settings (thanks in part to the success of Shelly Manne's best-selling My Fair Lady album), guitarist Barney Kessel chose to interpret nine melodies from Bizet's opera Carmen. The guitarist is heard in three different settings: joined by five woodwinds and a rhythm section ; with five jazz horns (including altoist Herb Geller and trumpeter Ray Linn) and a trio ; and with vibraphonist Victor Feldman in a quintet. Kessel also wrote the arrangements, which pay tribute to the melodies while not being shy of swinging the themes. An interesting if not essential project.
Scott Yanow

http://www.allmusic.com/album/modern-jazz-performances-from-bizets-carmen-mw0000207507

Barney Kessel
Modern Jazz Performances
from Bizet's Carmen


Tracks

1 Swingin' the Toreador  5:49
("Toreador's Song", Escamillo, Act. II "Votre toast
je peux vous le rendre.")
2 A Pad on the Edge of Town  6:43
("Seguidilla,", Carmen, Act I. "Près des remparts de Séville.")
3 If You Dig Me  4:02
(Duet, Escamillo & Carmen, Act. IV. "Si tu m'aimes.")
4 Free as a Bird  4:59
("Habanera," Carmen, Act. I. "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle.")
5 Viva el Toro !  3:14
("Toreadors' March," Chorus, Act. IV. "Voici, débouchant sur la place,
voici d'abord, marchant au pas...")

6 Flowersville  5:58
(Don José, Act. II. "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée.")
7 Carmen's Cool  4:41
(Dance, Act. II.)
8 Like, There's No Place Like...  3:59
(Duet, Don José & Micaela, Act. I. "Ma mère, je la vois !..
oui, je revois mon village !")
9 The Gypsy's Hip  3:56
(Chorus, Act. II. "Les tringles des sistres tintaient.")

All Compositions by Georges Bizet

Music adapted by Barney Kessel from the score of "Carmen" by Georges Bizet.
All arrangements by Barney Kessel


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Personnel
The first group
Barney Kessel - g
Buddy Collette - fl, a fl & cl
Bill Smith - cl & b cl
Jules Jacob - ob & cl
Pete Terry - b cl & bassoon
Justin Gordon - fl & al fl
André Previn - p
Joe Mondragon - b
Shelly Manne - dr
The second group
Barney Kessel - g
Harry Betts - tb
Ray Linn - tp
Herb Geller - as
Justin Gordon - ts
Chuck Gentry - bar s
André Previn - p
Joe Mondragon - b
Shelly Manne - dr

Recorded at Contemporary Records Studio in Los Angeles ; December 19 & 22, 1958

16 comments:

Jay said...

Thanks very much for posting this. Very interesting music.

salience said...

Nice - I've had the LP of this one in my list to rip - glad you beat me to it with the CD.

artech said...

A million thanks! I have the album on vinyl and I needed some way to have it on the road too. I was going to buy it, but you saved me some money.
This is one of my the best albums I 've ever heard and I feel so lucky to having heard it!

Daver88 said...

Thanks Mel - Had this LP for years nice to be able to get an update.

John Pickworth said...

Mel-I've been trying to work out this new system without success !
Can someone please help !

deGallo said...

Use jDownloader.Free. Highlight the links it will copy into jDownloader. Choose the server (for instance RS) you want to download from. Start downloading .Meantime delete the other unused links.

Thank you. I already had this album but I'm a big Barney Kessel fan and everyone needs this ;)

ProfessorCalculus said...

tHANKS mEL

John Pickworth said...

Thanks for your help deGallo,but am still having trouble with jDownloader-not giving up though !

XAVIER JOAN said...

THANKS TO MEL AND TO EVERYBODY WHO HELPS. ;)

XAVIER JOAN said...

A MÍ TAMPOCO ME FUNCIONA CON JDOWNLOADER --- Y LO DE LA MALDITA PÁGINA DONDE NOS LLEVAN LOS LINKS, LA PEOR VÍA POSIBLE PARA NO EXPERTOS ... COMO UN SERVIDOR ... :(

Melanchthon said...

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Mike said...

Looks like a good one. Thanks!

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel.

anchusa said...

Many thanks!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!