Friday, October 14, 2016

Barney Kessel - Spontaneous Combustion

This excellent straight-ahead set (which has been reissued on CD along with a "bonus" cut, "Shaw Nuff") finds pianist Monty Alexander, along with bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton, lighting a fire under guitarist Barney Kessel and pushing him to some of his more heated playing. Kessel performs four of his better originals plus "'Round Midnight," "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life," "Everything I Have Is Yours" and "Get Me to the Church on Time," sounding inspired by the company he was keeping. Recommended.
Scott Yanow

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Barney Kessel


1 Moonlight Walk (Kessel)  5:19
2 Bluesy (Kessel)  6:07
3 'Round Midnight (Hanighen, Monk, Williams)  5:44
4 Star Fire (Kessel)  7:34
5 Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life (Herbert, Young)  5:38
6 Almost the Blues (Kessel)  7:27
7 Everything I Have Is Yours (Adamson, Lane)  4:13
8 Get Me to the Church on Time (Lerner, Loewe)  6:37
9 Shaw 'Nuff (Brown, Fuller, Gillespie, Parker)  5:34


Barney Kessel - g
Monty Alexander - p
John Clayton - b
Jeff Hamilton - dr

Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley ; February 20-22, 1987


PlantDoctor53 said...

Yes indeed; this is very good.

Anonymous said...

Thank You.

luthier said...

Kessel Spontaneous Combustion - En train de télécharger en ce moment. J'ai très hâte d'entendre cet album. Merci beaucoup, Mel.

Kneigh said...

Thanx so much for this fine Barney Kessel!! Lots of great tunes!!


Danneau said...

Lovely Barney Kessel. Interesting to see Hamilton and Clayton here. Thank you very much.

es125 said...

Barney Kessel -spontaneous combustion
Thanks for the chance to hear this Mel. Great songs and players looking forward to it.

fusionman said...

Great post. Kessel was a fine guitarist. Thanks melanchthon.

Luro said...

Mercy beaucoup, Mel.

Orbyt said...

Great album, essential really. Thank you for the upgrade Mel.

jazztap said...


jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias,

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias,

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias,

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you

musician3 said...

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

Fred Archtop said...

Great great album. Thanks a lot Mel.

Doug said...

Look forward to hearing this album.Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon - improves on my 320s

Geoviki said...

I can see it's gonna be a Barney Kessel evening for me! Thank you.

AmyBRAINS said...


Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

Fernando said...

Monty Alexander - p
John Clayton - b
Jeff Hamilton - dr

One of the best rhytm sessions of all time! Perfect fit with Barney Kessel.

Thank you Mel!