Saturday, September 23, 2017

George Barnes Plays so Good

When George Barnes died, I lost a beautiful friend and the world lost a great musician. There have been and still are marvelous guitarists of whom l am well aware and highly respect, yet George Barnes always brought me a special sort of nourishment whenever he played — indeed, whenever I was with him. Notes, patterns, lines, call them what you will, always went where l wanted them to go. This may sound paradoxical since they always moved to unexpected places. He was certainly the wittiest jazz musician l have ever heard. As well, he was a true romanticist. And add to that, his extraordinarily acute and discerning ear resulted in some of the most brilliant solos l have ever heard. His warmth, stylishness and wit never failed to make me feel happy and fulfilled. l once suggested to him a title for an album he was planning to record. The title was Aspects of the Truth. For his concept of music was a constant series of facets of my definition of truth. l loved him very much, am desolated by his death but am delighted that his talent and taste may still be heard on this recording in which he plays the key role in a quartet of sympathetic and musically congenial fellow musicians.
Alec Wilder, from the booklet

George Barnes
Plays so Good


1 Night and Day (Porter)  2:22
2 I'm Coming Virginia (Cook, Heywood)  2:19
3 Days of Wine and Roses (Mancini, Mercer)  4:00
4 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington, Russell)  3:58
5 On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) (Lane, Lerner)  2:42
6 I've Found a New Baby (Palmer, Williams)  5:24
7 George Barnes Rap/Intro  0:46
8 Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Waller)  4:32
9 St. Louis Blues (Handy)  3:36
10 At Sundown (Donaldson)  3:59


George Barnes - g
Duncan James - g
Dean Rely - b
Benny Barth - dr

Recorded live at Bimbo's Francisco, Califoria ; April 17, 1977


deGallo said...

Marvelous!! Thank you.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel. I had it as a LP. Now, thanks to you, it's back for listening.

Larry said...

Thank you very much!

Blue Eyes said...

Super! thank you very much Mel for this upgrade!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much

lowgroove said...

Thank you very much!

vsense said...

As always just wonderful stuff.


Anonymous said...

Dear MM, can you reupload this whenever you have some spare time, please.

Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much, dear MM, very, very appreciated.

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Kovina Kris said...

...and thank you for another upgrade Mel!

Jeronyme said...

Merci !