Plays For Lovers CD (2003)

Artist: Barney Kessel

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Label Fantasy/milestone/prestige
SKU 60616013
UPC 025218902229
UPC 14 00025218902229
Format CD
Release Date 10/7/2003
Author Barney Kessel
Associated Artist/Work Armstrong, Louis
Associated Artist/Work Barney Kessel Big Band
Associated Artist/Work Brown, Ray (Bass)
Associated Artist/Work Ellis, Herb
Associated Artist/Work Grappelli, Stephane
Associated Artist/Work Hawes, Hampton
Associated Artist/Work Mancini, Henry
Associated Artist/Work Manne
Associated Artist/Work Manne, Shelley
Associated Artist/Work Mitchell, Red
Technical Info
CatalogID 6022
Lable Name Contemporary Records
Released 10/07/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00025218902229
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Barney Kessel (guitar); Ted Nash (flute); Bobby Hutcherson, Victor Feldman (vibraphone); Kenny Barron, Hampton Hawes, Jimmy Rowles (piano); Harry Babasin, Ray Brown, Monty Budwig, Red Mitchell, Leroy Vinnegar (bass); Elvin Jones, Shelly Manne (drums).
Producers: Lester Koenig, Eric Miller.
Compilation producer: Stuart Kremsky.
Recorded between 1953 & 1988. Includes liner notes by Jim Ferguson.
Personnel: Barney Kessel (guitar); Marvin Jenkins (flute); Justin Gordon (bass clarinet); Jules Jacob (oboe); Howard Terry (bassoon); Claude Williamson, Hampton Hawes, Jimmy Rowles, Kenny Barron, Arnold Ross (piano); Victor Feldman, Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); Stan Popper, Elvin Jones, Shelly Manne, Ben Riley, Irving Cottler (drums).
Liner Note Author: Jim Ferguson .
Recording information: Berkeley, CA (11/14/1953-03/17/1988); Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, CA (11/14/1953-03/17/1988); Los Angeles, CA (11/14/1953-03/17/1988).
Playing complex bop changes at a fast tempo was never a problem for Barney Kessel; few bop experts would disagree that his chops were impeccable, and it was a sad day for jazz when, in 1992, a major stroke forced him to retire from music. But when Kessel was still active, he was among bop's finest guitarists -- and not just because of his ability to play fast. Kessel was also a superb ballad player, and his romantic side is the focus of Barney Kessel Plays for Lovers. Assembled in 2003, this ballad-oriented compilation spans 1953-1988. Most of the selections are from the '50s, which were a very productive decade for the guitarist -- a fact that is illustrated by Kessel's sensitive, lyrical performances of "Angel Eyes," "Laura," "Embraceable You," and other standards. There's nothing superficial about Kessel's interpretations of these songs; emotionally, he digs deep and makes certain that he has something personal to say (much like Chet Baker on the trumpet or Stan Getz on the tenor sax). Kessel, to his credit, knew that there was nothing wrong with jazz being pretty; he realized that jazz could, at times, be pretty and still swing and one didn't automatically cancel out the other. And that outlook is very much at work throughout this CD, whether he is embracing "You Go to My Head" and "My Reverie" in the '50s or "I'm Glad There Is You" in 1988 (which was only four years before the stroke that ended Kessel's career). Barney Kessel Plays for Lovers isn't the last word on his ballad playing; nonetheless, this fine CD paints a consistently appealing picture of the guitarist's romantic side. ~ Alex Henderson
Disc 1
1 Embraceable You
2 I'm Glad There Is You
3 What Is There To Say
4 Satin Doll
5 My Funny Valentine
6 This Guy's In Love With You
7 Angel Eyes
8 Just In Time
9 My Reverie
10 Love Is Here To Stay
11 Tenderly
12 It Could Happen To You
13 My Old Flame
14 Laura
15 You Go To My Head
16 I'm Through With Love
Product Attributes
Artist Kessel,Barney
Label Fantasy/milestone/prestige
Music Format Compact Disc

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