Saturday, September 3, 2016

Barney Kessel at the Jazz Mill (1954)

Sometimes it’s all about right place, right time. When a 21-year-old Jack Miller camped out at the short-lived Jazz Mill night club in Phoenix, Arizona, for a few nights in late March of 1954, it was just to catch some sets by jazz guitarist Barney Kessel. Of course, with his Knight tape recorder in hand, a small mixer and three mics, he also had an ear for preservation, recording the sound of Kessel and the house band, the Jazz Millers, getting down. Miller scarcely could have known that 62 years later, his recordings would see official release : Barney Kessel: Live at the Jazz Mill 1954, out now via Modern Harmonic Records.
The stand at the Jazz Mill followed Kessel’s stint with the Oscar Peterson Trio, and found the guitarist in a sharp, playful mood. Backed by Pete Jolly on piano, Gene Stoffell on bass, and drummer Art Kile, Kessel tears through standards like Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band” and Harold Arlen’s “Get Happy,” but offers slower, soulful fare too, like the swooning “Stardust,” punctuated by Jolly’s heavily chorded piano, and a gorgeous and ethereal take on the Gershwins’ “Embraceable You.”
Kessel was likely reminded of home while in Phoenix. He grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where “People didn’t just talk about jazz, they lived it” and “jazzmen and cowboys lived side by side,” as Jim Carlton’s notes quote Kessel, and though Phoenix was in the midst of explosive growth in those years, bolstered by advancements in air conditioning, there was still enough of a dusty quality to the town’s tenor to suite Kessel...
In an essential 2001 Tape Op Magazine interview, Miller laid out his audio philosophy. Discussing recording with Tucson cowpunk Al Perry he says, “…if the band is playing for real and you want to hear it for real, just leave it to be what it is.” Live at the Jazz Mill 1954 assuredly demonstrates that Miller — on stage or in the studio — knew how to capture things in the moment, true snap shots of real musical happenings, even at the very beginning of his career. Right place, right time, right man.
Jason P. Woodbury

Source : http://www.aquariumdrunkard.com/2016/08/22/barney_kessel/

Barney Kessel
Live at the Jazz Mill 1954

Tracks

1 Strike Up the Band (Gershwin, Gershwin)  5:39
2 How About You (Freed, Lane)  6:45
3 Get Happy (Koehler, Arlen)  4:48
4 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish)  3:54
5 Seven Come Eleven (Goodman, Christian)  5:41
6 Rose Room (Williams, Hickman)  7:49
7 Somebody Loves Me (Gershwin, McDonald, DeSylva)  6:05
8 Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:42

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Personnel
Barney Kessel - g
Pete Jolly - p
Gene Stoffell - b
Art Kile - dr

Recorded live at the Jazz Mill, Phoenix, Arizona ; late March of 1954

36 comments:

Melanchthon said...

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daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

stringbender said...

Merci beaucoup!!

danair said...

Thanks very much Mel :)

Blue Eyes said...

Woow! fantastic live recording with Barney! thank you very much Mel!

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

a true historic recording, thank you.

Luis said...

Thanks! How many jazz treasures are still sleeping in old tape reels into dusty card boxs?

zoltanzylox said...

Thanks Mel! I always look forward to discovering new Barney!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

hepcat said...

This is greatly appreciat ed, than you.

zero said...

The presence of Pete Jolly makes this even more attractive. Thanks a lot for the nifty post.

cvllos said...

Thank you, Melanchthon! Kessel & Jolly are realy great!
Just for the records, not a complain absolutely: (1)first of all I tried to dload through Google Chrome and I gave up after 7 trials; there were so many advertises one after the other; (2)then I went to Mozila Firefox and imediately the blogger with links & comments appeared. It's gettin' a bore to deal with so many sponsors.

anon'n'on said...

the price we pay we to be free (d/lers)..thanks for the music

jazzy62 said...

This is awesome! Thank you very much indeed for this!

Prof. Yaffle said...

Great! Many thnks

Rodney said...

Well, well. Thank you, Mel.

Fred Archtop said...

Incredibly good! Just like you Mel. Thanks for the share & care.

Mikel Hal said...

Moltes Gracies

deGallo said...

Marvelously magnificent Malanchthon!!! Thank you.

Otis Foster said...

Early Kessel, a nice find, thnx Otis.

cvllos, try using JDownloader. It's free and suppresses popups.

bluebird said...

Thanks Mel - good to see some unknown Pete Jolly too.

ritzbird said...

Many thanks Mel, "new" Kessel is always welcome !!

musician3 said...

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

russellbrookesguy said...

Wow.
New to me Barney Kessel.
Thanks.

Zape said...

What most humble thanks for this one! I'm speechless. :)

moxnix said...

Thank you for this rarity!

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

alfred venison said...

thank you for this recording. -a.v.

upkerry14 said...

nice album, merci!

Rudy G said...

Many thanks!

Newlyner said...

A very interesting and great recording. Many thanks for sharing

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi,
Thank you very much Mel
Pedro

Carlos Tibau said...

Many thanks
Hug

Roberto said...

Thanks!!!!

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

bhowani bhowani said...

Splendid ! Thank you, Mel !