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Music to Listen to
Barney Kessel
Music to Listen to
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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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 Chri...  more »

      
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All Artists: Barney Kessel
Title: Music to Listen to
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ojc
Release Date: 1/18/1995
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Cool Jazz, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 025218674621

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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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The ultimate Barney Kessel album....................
Russ Theberge | The Rockbound Coast Of Maine | 03/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"1956 was the year in which Barney Kessel received just about every music award short of the Pulitzer Prize...and this album is a direct reflection of that. And, it is just as compelling a 'read' today as it was back then...... a 'must have' for any serious fan of jazz guitar. He not only does the playing, ( with help from such greats as Buddy Clark, Shelly Manne, Andre Previn, Buddy Collette, Jimmy Rowles and more ! ) the great arrangements are his own as well. He does it all. 'nuf said.
The remastered CD is the frosting on the cake. Track it down. It's out there."