Monday, March 27, 2017

Barney Kessel - What's New ?

The name Barney Kessel is virtually synonymous with "great guitarist." As Leonard Feather has written, "Kessel is not only as lyrical a guitarist as we have in jazz today, but also a rhythmic natural who can out swing any man in the house." But as Kessel points out, the instrument is merely the tool of the artist. "The music," he says, "is not in the guitar, it’s in the person." Whether in his earlier incarnations as a sideman (with Lester Young, Oscar Peterson, Hampton Hawes, Stephane Grappelli, and others), a studio session player (for radio, television, and film), a member of the Great Guitars, or as the leader who made his return to Contemporary Records last year, Kessel has dedicated himself to getting the music out in the purest and most honest form possible.
Born in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1923, Kessel became a guitarist by accident. "It was all by accident," he says. In 1935, he was selling newspapers on a street corner when he spotted a guitar in the pawn shop window behind him. "I liked its shape and color," he remembers, and he bought the guitar, an attractive red and yellow tassle cord, and a how-to-play book for one dollar. The novelty of strumming the open strings wore off after a few weeks and he stashed the instrument in a broom closet. But when his mother issued the mandate that he either play it or get rid of it, Barney rediscovered the guitar. Through a friend he found a free, government-sponsored course during the summer and spent the next three months learning how to play, four hours a day, six days a week. "I must tell you," he recalls, "I was in the bottom five of class of 35. I was very slow and my fingers bled when I tried to do certain chords, and the teacher once told my mother that I’d never make a guitar player..."

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Barney Kessel
What's New ?


1 Blues for Bird (Kessel)  3:03
2 Cool Groove (Kessel)  5:33
3 Nuages (Reinhardt)  6:25
4 Blues All Night Long (Kessel)  5:00
5 Chez Roger (Kessel)  3:50
6 Holiday in Rio (Kessel)  3:25
7 Blues à la Carte (Kessel)  4:30
8 What's New ? (Haggart, Burke)  3:55
9 I See You (Baker)  5:15
10 Blue Fountain (Kessel)  4:45


[# 4 & 6]
Barney Kessel - g
Carlo Pes - g
Eddy Louiss - org
Guy Pettersen - el. b
Emile Bozat, Bernard Lubat - perc
Pierre-Alain Dahan - dr
Recorded in Paris ; June 16, 1969
[# 3 & 8]
Barney Kessel - g
Stéphane Grappelli - vl
Carlo Pes - g
Maurice Vander - p
Michel Gaudry - b
Marcel Blanche - dr
Unknown ? String orchestra
Recorded in Paris ; June 18, 1969
[# 1 & 9]
Barney Kessel - g
Georges Arvanitas - org
Carlo Pes - g
Guy Pettersen - b
Pierre-Alain Dahan - dr
Bernard Lubat, Michel Delaporte - perc
Recorded same date as above
[# 2, 5, 7 & 10]
Barney Kessel - g
Michel Gaudry - b
Jean-Louis Viale - dr
Recorded in Paris ; June 26, 1969


Melanchthon said...

Thanks to Fred Archtop who said

alfred venison said...

many thanks. -a.v.

Jeronyme said...

Merci à vous deux, Mel et Fred !

Anonymous said...

Many thanks, Fred and Mel!

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel!!

boterletter said...

Nice! Is this a vinyl rip?

deGallo said...

Marvelous!!! Thank you Fred Archtop & Melanchthon :)

jazzy62 said...

Awesome! Many thanks Fred Archtop and Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

Very cool to get a new Barney Kessel. Thank you very much Archtop and Mel!

PD53 said...

Thank you Fred Archtop and Mel. Very nice!

Robert M said...

Many thanks, both of you!

nikos said...

new to me, many thanks!

Fred Archtop said...

@boterletter, yes ripped from vinyl. Obviously never issued on CD. Enjoy !

nikos said...

...but the file fails to open (message: unexpected end of file)

Fred Archtop said...

@nikos. It works well here. Should be your flac reader.

Jazz Padd said...

Cool, can't get enough guitar. :-)

francisco santos said...


Scoredaddy said...

thanks so much

Otis Foster said...

Thnx for a new Kessel, Fred. Thnx for hosting this melanchthon

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

wouter said...

nice! thank you both!

bhowani bhowani said...

Great finding! Thanks a lot !

Geoviki said...

Definitely a favorite artist, thanks so much!

Blue Eyes said...

Barneylipopette! huge post! thank you very much for this rarity! Glory to St Mel & fred, Amen!

Anonymous said...

Huge, huge cheers to Fred Archtop, and MM ! You GUYS rock !