Thursday, November 3, 2016

Barney Kessel - Solo

More than any other music, jazz is the medium of the soloist ; and the cadenza, set apart by ensemble riff, stop-time punctuation or (more rarely) in pure form, rarified against the tacit, comprises the very soul ofjazz. The recording, of course, constitutes the literature of jazz ; the solo, its poetry. The masters are easily recognized by their distinctive styles. Armstrong, Beiderbecke, Reinhardt, Christian, Venuti and other "originals" have defined the essentials for the jazz solo — economy of expression, emotional intensity, crystalline imagery — a spontaneous creation limited only by imagination, enhanced by the ever present possibility that a given moment will be transformed into musical history. In a phrase, a “once in a lifetime" affair. The album is the poetry of Barney Kessel, whose myriad accomplishments, from "boy wonder" accompanist for Billie Holiday through the frontline of Gillespie’s be-bop revolution to anchorman for the Great Guitars, have been chronicled by Leonard Feather and others. But this album, a beautifully recorded contemporary work, is unique — the only unaccompanied solo recording Barney has ever made*, "one of a kind" in a xerox world — pure jazz poetry.
Frank Dorritie, Concord Jazz, lnc. (from the booklet)

Barney Kessel


1 Brazil (Barroso, Russell)  2:41
2 What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life ? (Legrand, Bergman, Bergman)  3:02
3 Happy Little Song (Kessel)  3:27
4 Everything Happens to Me (Adair, Dennis)  3:30
5 You Are the Sunshine of My Life (Wonder)  5:00
6 Manhã de Carnaval (Bonfá)  4:20
7 People (Merrill, Styne)  5:00
8 Jellybeans (Kessel)  3:55
9 Alfie (Bacharach, David)  5:27


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Recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, California ; April, 1981

*  Contrary to what the booklet claims, this is not "the only unaccompanied solo recording Barney has ever made", as can be seen at Jazzy's Place...


deGallo said...

Thank you. My favorite jazz guitarist.

Arrabalero said...

What´s the password?
Thanks for the blog
Best regards

Toad said...

Never heard, many thanks

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

Kovina Kris said...

Nice upgrade to my lossy version. Thank you Mel!

fcapeau said...

Great recordings ! Was looking for a long time ... Many thanks, Mel.

Isidoro Macarena said...

muchas gracias

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

chuchuni said...

Superb, thank you.

Livia said...

Hi, could somebody re-up this albm please? It would be much appreciated :) thanks!

Melanchthon said...

cvllos said...

On track 2, "What you're doing.." Kessell takes a so melancholic mood that we can appreciate his expertise on harmonizing the solo. A great musician! Wonderful post, Melanchthon!