Sunday, May 14, 2017

George Barnes & Carl Kress - Guitars, Anyone ?

A major player who has always been underrated, George Barnes was one of the first to record on electric guitar (accompanying blues singers) and was a top studio guitarist during much of his career. His style was very much based in the 1930s, and his single-note lines predated Charlie Christian, although he had much less of an impact. A professional by the time he was 13, Barnes was working on the staff of NBC by 1938. Based in Chicago, he recorded with Big Bill Broonzy, Washboard Sam, and other blues performers. After a stint in the military during World War II, Barnes resumed his studio work and recorded radio transcriptions with his unusual octet. Although he performed in many types of settings in the 1950s, Barnes did not gain much recognition until he teamed up with fellow guitarist Carl Kress (whose sophisticated chord voicings perfectly complemented Barnes' solos) in the early '60s. After Kress' death in 1965, Barnes often collaborated with the younger guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, but it was his period as co-leader of a quartet with cornetist Ruby Braff (1973-1975) that gave Barnes his greatest fame, shortly before his death. He recorded as a leader for OKeh (two numbers in 1940) ; Wolf ; and Keynote (with his octet on a posthumously released Hindsight LP); commercial sides for Decca and Mercury; with Kress (and in one instance Bud Freeman) for Stash, United Artists, and Audiophile; with Pizzarelli for Columbia and A&R ; and in the 1970s for Famous Door and Concord.
Scott Yanow

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George Barnes 
Carl Kress
Guitars, Anyone ?
George Barnes
Second Quartet : Swing, Guitar !


1 Sentimental Journey (Green, Brown, Homer)  2:38
2 Blue Moon (Rodgers, Hart)  4:02
3 Clap Yo' Hands (Gershwin, Geshwin)  2:36
4 Memories Of You (Blake, Razaf)  3:14
5 Undecided (Shavers, Rubin)  2:40
6 Blue Room (Rodgers, Hart)  2:18
7 Don't Be Nervous (Barnes, Kress)  2:31
8 Willow Weep For Me (Ronnell)  3:03
9 The Girl Friend (Rodgers, Hart)  2:24
10 Satin Doll (Strayhorn, Ellington)  3:49
11 As Long As I Live (Arlen, Koehler)  2:23
12 Tea For Two (Youmans, Caesar)  2:42
13 The Opener (trad.)  4:46
14 My One And Only Love (Wood, Mellin)  3:24
15 Struttin' With Some Barbecue (Armstrong)  4:30
16 Blue Again (McHugh, Fields)  3:05
17 Laughin' At Life (Todd, Kenny, Kenny)  4:06
18 My Honey's Lovin' Arms (Meyer, Ruby)  3:28
19 Merchandise Mart Indian (The Quartet)  4:46
20 Funk, Chicago Style (trad.)  5:02


[# 1-12] George Barnes & Carl Kress - Guitars, Anyone ?
George Barnes & Carl Kress - g
Recorded in 1965
[# 13-20] George Barnes Second Quartet - Swing, Guitar !
George Barnes - guitar
Dick Hyman [# 13-15] or Hank Jones - p [# 16-20]
Milt Hinton - b
Jo Jones - dr
Recorded at A&R Recording Studios, New York City ; August 3, 1972 [# 13~15] &January 31, 1973 [# 16~20]

One of the great guitarists of the 1930s, Carl Kress had a very sophisticated chordal style on acoustic guitar. He originally played banjo before gradually shifting to guitar. Kress played with Paul Whiteman in 1926 and then became a very busy studio musician, recording with all of the top white musicians (including Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols' Five Pennies, and two classic duets with Eddie Lang) in those segregated days. Kress often teamed up with fellow guitarist Dick McDonough in the 1930s, he co-owned the Onyx Club on 52nd Street for a time, and continued working in the studios into the 1960s, playing during his last years in a duo with George Barnes. Most of Carl Kress' solo and duet (with McDonough) recordings from the 1930s are long overdue to be reissued.
Scott Yanow

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bongo hito said...

Now this...... is new to me. And isn't that what Sic Vous is all about? Thanks as always for your time and effort which is very appreciated.

Oracle said...

Got the Guitars Anyone way back from Basic Hip maybe 06. The vinyl and in flac. I had no idea what to even do with flac. Boy was I stupid. I converted it to mp3. Doh! Thanks.

LaroSwing said...

Thank you! George Barnes is always welcome.

J-2 said...

Does anyone have the pass word...for this download...Thanks

ita diegues said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon.

rubberduck said...

Many thanks MEL

Blue Eyes said...

Woow! great post! thank you very much Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you for the upgrade & for the new one by GB!

Alexandra Leh said...

Greetings to all from George Barnes' daughter Alexandra Barnes Leh...since you enjoy my father's work, I'd like to share the fact that I've recently launched the website in which I'm presenting The George Barnes Legacy Collection: Please come learn more about the legend and partake of the legacy! Cheers, Alexandra

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

deGallo said...

Stupendous! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel! Completely new to me.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Lee said...

Great Blog...but i can't find the password...anyone, please??


Anonymous said...

please re-upload this one... thanks!

Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

A treasure! Thank you MM!

Anonymous said...

Great! Thank you very much!

Jazz Padd said...

This is an amazing recording for jazz guitar! Sadly missed the previous uploads. Any chance for one more time please? Thanks. :-)