Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Kessel Plays Standards
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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Music on guitar
. | Chicago, IL USA | 06/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For all of the technique on hand in the 21st century, most of it is empty . Barney Kessel could play whatever was put in front of him, or compose limitless variations on the spot; elite technique, always in the service of the music."
The late, great Barney Kessel
Christoph K. Bennett | United States | 07/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."