Monday, April 3, 2017

George Barnes - Don't Get Around Much Anymore

George Barnes has been unjustly overlooked by fans of jazz guitar, since he spent a good portion of his career as a studio musician, but the initial appearance in 2003 of this previously unreleased 1977 concert (recorded just a few months prior to his death) adds an important final chapter to his recorded legacy. Barnes leads his brand new quartet (with fellow guitarist Duncan James, bassist Dean Reilly, and drummer Benny Barth) through a delightful program of standards ("Sweet Georgia Brown," "Moonglow," and "Why Was I Born?"), gems from the vast Duke Ellington band book ("Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and "Perdido"), as well as the popular "Theme From the Flintstones." Barnes' fluid playing and that of his group make them sound as if they had been together far longer. The excellent sound by engineer Larry Cummings is identical to the mix heard by the audience that very evening. The warm, detailed liner notes by Barnes' daughter, Alexandra Barnes Leh, add a nice touch to this highly recommended release.
Ken Dryden

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George Barnes
Don't Get Around Much


1 Fascinatin' Rhythm (Gershwin)  2:08
2 Introductions  0:40
3 Why Was I Born ? (Hammerstein II, Kern)  2:53
4 When Sunny Gets Blue (Fisher, Segal)  5:29
5 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Casey, Pinkard)  3:52
6 Cheerful Little Earful (Gershwin, Rose, Warren)  3:26
7 Theme from the Flintstones (anna, Barbera, Curtin)  3:07
8 I May Be Wrong (Ruskin, Sullivan)  3:26
9 Three Little Words (Kalmar, Ruby)  4:24
10 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington, Russell)  4:26
11 Pick Yourself Up (Fields, Kern)  2:42
12 Moonglow (DeLange, Hudson, Mills)  6:48
13 Perdido (Drake, Lengsfelder, Tizol)  4:06
14 I Can't Get Started (Duke, Gershwin)  4:08
15 Blues Goin' Up (Barnes)  3:29


George Barnes - g
Ducan James - g
Dean Reilly - b
Benny Barth - dr

Recorded live at the Willows Theater, Concord California ; July 27, 1977


Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

another gem, thank you!

theblueamos said...

And again.Thank you from Jerusalem.

deGallo said...

Thank you for this upgrade. Nice!

adakun said...

Gracias Mel, estupendo disco.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thanks & thanks

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel. Barnes has been way too much underrated. he was one of the very first electric guitarists.

PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you, Mel.

musician3 said...

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

alfred venison said...

thank you very much. -a.v.

AmyBRAINS said...

Nice album.
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

Melanchthon said...

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HEXIS said...

Thank you, Mel.

Kovina Kris said...

Happen to have this but it's a goody. Nice post!

Anonymous said...

I am grateful for you introducing me to George Barnes (and Ruby Braff, too). Thank you MM.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!