Monday, August 7, 2017

Music to Listen to Barney Kessel By...

While the title of this recording plays on the then-popular idea of background and mood music, there's still plenty of jazz interest generated by Oklahoma-born guitarist Barney Kessel, one of the true heirs of Charlie Christian. The 1956 session matches Kessel with five reeds (including oboe, flute, and clarinets) and a fine rhythm section made up of other West Coast stalwarts: bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Shelly Manne. The arrangements range from the chamber music texture of "My Reverie" to the briskly swinging renditions of "Mountain Greenery" and "Fascinatin' Rhythm." Kessel plays wonderfully throughout, whether rendering rapid single-note lines or constructing the beautifully chorded introduction to the ballad "Laura." There are also fine solo contributions by Buddy Collette on flute and the superb pianist Jimmy Rowles.
Stuart Broomer

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Barney Kessel
Music to Listen to Barney Kessel By


1 Cheerful Little Earful (Gershwin, Rose, Warren)  3:24
2 Makin' Whoopee (Donaldson, Kahn)  3:18
3 My Reverie (Clinton, Debussy)  2:30
4 Blues for a Playboy (Kessel)  3:58
5 Love Is for the Very Young (Raksin)  2:27
6 Carioca (Eliscu, Kahn, Youmans)  4:30
7 Mountain Greenery (Hart, Rodgers)  3:46
8 Indian Summer (Dubin, Herbert)  4:58
9 Gone with the Wind (Magidson, Wrubel)  2:45
10 Laura (Mercer, Raksin)  3:23
11 I Love You (Porter)  3:27
12 Fascinating Rhythm (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:27


[# 2, 9, 11 & 12]
Barney Kessel - g
Buddy Collette - fl, as & cl
Jules Jacob - ob & engl hrn
George W. Smith - cl
Howard Terry - bassoon, cl & bs cl
Justin Gordon - cl & bs cl
André Previn - p
Buddy Clark - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Recorded at Contemporary's Sudio, Los Angeles ; August 6, 1956
[# 1, 3, 4 & 6]
Same personnel except
Ted Nash - fl & cl
Jimmy Rowles - p
Red Mitchell - b
Recorded sae place as above ; October 15, 1956
[# 5, 7, 8 & 10]
Same personnel as October 15 session except
Claude Williamson - p
Recorded sae place as above ; December 4, 1956


The Grumpy Philosopher said...

Wow. Just found your blog tonight. Will have to go back and check out everything you've posted. Couldn't believe all the Jimmy Smith you have here that I don't. Added you to my blog list on my blog

upkerry14 said...

God I love that cover! Just what I need to bring to the beach! Never heard this one. It's nice to take time away from more "modern" jazz and enjoy some good fun music. Thanks! bill

lcbriza said...

Thanks for another guitar gem.

CrunchyFrog said...

this is a very enjoyable album... nice post!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel! Good to see you back at it.

John Pickworth said...

Thanks for Barney !

musician3 said...

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

francisco santos said...


Fred Archtop said...

Glad you're back Mel. Thanks for your generosity.

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Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

deGallo said...

My favorite jazz guitarist! Thank you.

Mike said...

Another great session! Thank you.

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

Kovina Kris said...

Thanks for the upgrade!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

Jazz Padd said...

Nice, never heard this one.