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Genres: Jazz, Pop
The Oklahoman guitarist is on for this 1957 recording, which combines two dramatically different yet equally stellar jam sessions. The August session documents a chance encounter with tenor great Ben Webster and volatile b... more »
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The Oklahoman guitarist is on for this 1957 recording, which combines two dramatically different yet equally stellar jam sessions. The August session documents a chance encounter with tenor great Ben Webster and volatile but underappreciated trombonist Frank Rosolino supported by a crack rhythm section of pianist Jimmy Rowles, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Shelly Manne. The crafty, ultramodern arrangement (and the brilliant solos) of the old war horse "Tiger Rag" marks a highlight of Kessel's entire body of work. The November session adds Victor Feldman's vibes and Hampton Hawes's piano to the core of Kessel, Vinnegar, and Manne for a lengthy blues and a pair of standards. In the face of all the big names, Kessel still manages to steal the show, offering a slew of bluesy, mad-swinging lines delivered with unbelievable crispness, authority, and verve. --Marc Greilsamer
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There aren't stars enough for this album!
Jazzcat | Genoa, Italy Italy | 03/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a perfect jazz album. Fantastic track list, unbelievable soloist. Frank Rosolino, Ben Webster, Hampton Hawes, Shelly Manne among others, and Barney himself of course, at the top of their game. You can't go wrong, the year is the magic 1957. This is in my opinion probably the best Barney kessel album in his entire enormous body of work. The swing is always light and powerful, clean and deep, there is a fantastic west coast feel all around this record. I fell in love with this album almost ten years ago and it is still among the ones I love the most. Barney is in perfect shape. He never played so well. The version of Tiger rag presented here is a gem in itself. Plus consider once again the soloist. Frank Rosolino, Ben Webster, Barney Kessel. You can't beat these guys. This music can't be matched by today's best players. Lucky enough we have these marvellous records from 1957.
This is one of the best of all those that were published in the magic year in my opinion."