Barney KESSEL – Kessel Plays Standards (Vol 2) 1955

Barney KESSEL – Kessel Plays Standards (Vol 2) 1955
1987 Issue. OJCCD-238-2

Jazz

Guitarist Barney Kessel teams up with Bob Cooper (mostly on oboe but also doubling a bit on tenor), either Claude Williamson or Hampton Hawes on piano, Monty Budwig or Red Mitchell on bass, and Shelly Manne or Chuck Thompson on drums. Other than his own “64 Bars on Wilshire” and “Barney’s Blues,” the repertoire on this CD reissue is comprised of jazz standards. Inventive frameworks and the utilization of Cooper’s jazz oboe (a real rarity in jazz of the time) give the otherwise boppish reissue its own personality. ~ Scott Yanow
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Guitarist Barney Kessel teams up with Bob Cooper (mostly on oboe but also doubling a bit on tenor), either Claude Williamson or Hampton Hawes on piano, Monty Budwig or Red Mitchell on bass, and Shelly Manne or Chuck Thompson on drums. Other than his own “64 Bars on Wilshire” and “Barney’s Blues,” the repertoire on this CD reissue is comprised of jazz standards. Inventive frameworks and the utilization of Cooper’s jazz oboe (a real rarity in jazz of the time) give the otherwise boppish reissue its own personality.
By Scott Yanow, AMG.
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This is really more on his body of work than this release alone. Get anything you can get your hands on by Barney. Everything he did was great and it was never about what he could do but about the music. I’ve been reading some webpages about him recently to find out more about him. First off, he may well have been the most recorded guitarist of all time. Like the guitar on the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds?” It’s Barney. Elvis’ “Return to Sender?” Barney, too. He did work with the Beatles. In fact, “counted among his fans such superstars as the late Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison.
“Barney Kessel is incredible. He’s just amazing . . . . Nobody can play guitar like that,” Lennon said following a recording session in the 1970s.
Harrison was even more enthused, telling an interviewer in the 1960s: “Barney Kessel is definitely the best guitar player in this world, or any other world.”
I’d always heard that he was very friendly to up-and-comers and everybody, really. What I didn’t know is that he was a devoted Christian, acc. to his wife. That’s really nice to know. There are very few great guitarists left. You have Herb Ellis, Bucky Pizzarelli from the days when there really was jazz. Barney was among the best. Seriously, get anything by him. My particular favorites are this one, “Easy Like,” and “Solo.” But they’re all great. His albums are not your typical guitar as frontman shredding away but real group efforts. Very enjoyable. For Barney, it was always about the music first.
By Christoph K. Bennett.
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Bass- Monty Budwig
Drums- Shelly Manne
Guitar- Barney Kessel
Piano- Claude Williamson
Producer- Lester Koenig
Teno Sax, Oboe- Bob Cooper
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01. Speak Low 2:42
02. Love Is Here To Stay 3:24
03. On A Slow Boat To China 3:14
04. How Long Has This Been Going On? 3:17
05. My Old Flame 3:36
06. Jeepers Creepers 3:48
07. Barney’s Blues 2:58
08. Prelude To A Kiss 3:10
09. A Foggy Day 3:08
10. You Stepped Out Of A Dream 2:49
11. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was 3:54
12. 64 Bars On Wilshire 3:17
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