Monday, January 18, 2016

Barney Kessel, vol. 1 - Easy Like

Other than four songs apiece released by Onyx and Verve, the CD reissue of Easy Like, Vol. 1 has guitarist Barney Kessel's first sessions as a leader, performances which launched his longtime association with the Contemporary label. Augmented by two "new" alternate takes, the set features Kessel in boppish form with quintets in 1953 and 1956 featuring, either Bud Shank or Buddy Collette doubling on flute and alto. Kessel shows off the influence of Charlie Christian throughout the performances, with the highlights including "Easy Like," "Lullaby of Birdland," "North of the Border," and the accurately titled "Salute to Charlie Christian."
Scott Yanow

Source :

Barney Kessel
Easy Like
(Barney Kessel, vol. 1)


1 Easy Like (Kessel)  4:04
2 Tenderly (Gross, Lawrence)  4:06
3 Lullaby of Birdland (Shearing, Weiss)  3:16
4 What Is There to Say ? (Duke, Harburg)  3:10
5 Bernardo (Kessel)  3:34
6 Vicky's Dream (Kessel)  2:37
7 Salute to Charlie Christian (Kessel)  2:52
8 That's All (Brandt, Haymes)  3:18
9 I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart (Ellington, Mills, Nemo)  4:12
10 Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) (Ellington, Gaines)  3:41
11 April in Paris (Duke, Harburg)  3:00
12 North of the Border (Kessel)  2:46
13 Easy Like [alt. take] (Kessel)  2:44
14 North of the Border [alt. take] (Kessel)  2:44


Barney Kessel - g
Bud Shank - fl & as
Buddy Collette - fl & as [#1, 9, 12-14]
Arnold Ross - p
Claude Williamson - p [#1, 9, 12-14]
Harry Babasin - b
Red Mitchell - b [#1, 9, 12-14]
Shelly Manne - dr

Recorded in Los Angeles ; November 14, 1953 ; December 19, 1953 ; & February 23, 1956.


marcusr said...

Merci beacoups!

Blue Eyes said...

Fabulous album with Barney with his tasty melodic lines (I ♥ his playing of the 50's), marvelous guitar tone too!...a must have! great post Mel!

deGallo said...

Thank you for BK.

SergPl said...

Thank You!!!

jazztap said...


FrankDell said...

Thank you, Mel.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you for this nice swinging session, Mel!

Melanchthon said...

Fred Archtop said...

One of the best BK albums. Thanks Mel.

musician3 said...

GREAT....................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

It's very nice album.
Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

elpeleon said...

Gracias Mel !!