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Barney Kessel - The Contemporary Years: Selected Recordings 1953-57

Barney Kessel - The Contemporary Years: Selected Recordings 1953-57

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Barney Kessel was a jazz guitarist who is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile guitarists of the post-war era. Emerging on the scene at the start of the 1940s he enjoyed a parallel career as one of the most in-demand session men in Hollywood, appearing on dozens of hit records and movie soundtracks.

He was greatly influenced by Charlie Christian and became a fixture on bebop sessions through into the 1950s, working with the likes of Charlie Parker and Oscar Peterson and on the Jazz At The Philharmonic shows. A decade later he was a member of the celebrated band of session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew.

This 43-track set comprises selected titles he recorded leading his own bands on albums for the Contemporary label during the middle years of the 1950s. It features tracks culled from his albums Barney Kesssel, Barney Kessel Vol.2, Easy Like, Barney Kessel Plays Standards, To Swing Or Not To Swing, Music To Listen To Barney Kessel By and Poll Winners. It includes recordings with Bud Shank, Harry Babasin, Shelly Manne, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Jimmy Rowles, Al Hendrickson, Andre Previn, Buddy Collette and Ray Brown.

Ranging across standards and his own compositions, this fascinating 2CD collection is an enlightening showcase for a great guitarist best–known for his work with other bands, but is here featured as a leader.


Disc 1
Track Title Artist
1 Vicky's Dream Barney Kessel Quintet
2 Just Squeeze Me Barney Kessel Quintet
3 Bernardo Barney Kessel Quintet
4 Tenderly Barney Kessel Quintet
5 Lullaby Of Birdland Barney Kessel Quintet
6 Salute To Charlie Christian Barney Kessel Quintet
7 I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart Barney Kessel Quintet
8 On A Slow Boat To China Barney Kessel Quintet
9 Speak Low Barney Kessel Quintet
10 A Foggy Day Barney Kessel Quintet
11 Prelude To A Kiss Barney Kessel Quintet
12 How Long Has This Been Going On? Barney Kessel Quintet
13 64 Bars On Wilshire Boulevard Barney Kessel Quintet
14 Barney's Blues Barney Kessel Quintet
15 Happy Feeling Barney Kessel Septet
16 Contemporary Blues Barney Kessel Septet
17 Louisiana Barney Kessel Septet
18 Indiana Barney Kessel Septet
19 Moten Swing Barney Kessel Septet
20 Embraceable You Barney Kessel Septet
21 Midnight Sun Barney Kessel Septet
22 Don't Blame Me Barney Kessel Septet
Disc 2
Track Title Artist
1 Jeepers Creepers Barney Kessel Quintet
2 I Didn't Know What Time It Was Barney Kessel Quintet
3 You Stepped Out Of A Dream Barney Kessel Quintet
4 April In Paris Barney Kessel Quintet
5 Easy Like Barney Kessel Quintet
6 North Of The Border Barney Kessel Quintet
7 Fascinating Rhythm Barney Kessel Orchestra
8 Gone With The Wind Barney Kessel Orchestra
9 I Love You Barney Kessel Orchestra
10 Cheerful Little Earful Barney Kessel Orchestra
11 My Reverie Barney Kessel Orchestra
12 Blues For A Playboy Barney Kessel Orchestra
13 Love Is For The Very Young Barney Kessel Orchestra
14 Mountain Greenery Barney Kessel Orchestra
15 Laura Barney Kessel Orchestra
16 Jordu Barney Kessel, Ray Brown & Shelly Manne
17 It Could Happen To You Barney Kessel, Ray Brown & Shelly Manne
18 Don't Worry 'Bout Me Barney Kessel, Ray Brown & Shelly Manne
19 On Green Dolphin Street Barney Kessel, Ray Brown & Shelly Manne
20 Minor Mood Barney Kessel, Ray Brown & Shelly Manne
21 Nagasaki Barney Kessel, Ray Brown & Shelly Manne
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    November 2023
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