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Format: CD
Sku: 60616013
UPC: 025218902229
UPC 14: 00025218902229
Release Date: 10/7/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Embraceable You ~ Barney Kessel
2. I'm Glad There Is You ~ Barney Kessel
3. What Is There To Say ~ Barney Kessel
4. Satin Doll ~ Barney Kessel
5. My Funny Valentine ~ Barney Kessel
6. This Guy's In Love With You ~ Barney Kessel
7. Angel Eyes ~ Barney Kessel
8. Just In Time ~ Barney Kessel
9. My Reverie ~ Barney Kessel
10. Love Is Here To Stay ~ Barney Kessel
11. Tenderly ~ Barney Kessel
12. It Could Happen To You ~ Barney Kessel
13. My Old Flame ~ Barney Kessel
14. Laura ~ Barney Kessel
15. You Go To My Head ~ Barney Kessel
16. I'm Through With Love ~ Barney Kessel

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Producers: Lester Koenig, Eric Miller.
Muze PNote Compilation producer: Stuart Kremsky.
Muze PNote Recorded between 1953 & 1988. Includes liner notes by Jim Ferguson.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Jim Ferguson .
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote 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

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Contemporary Records Story
Muze Music Compilations Tease:beat Of Burlesque
Muze Music Compilations Progressions:100 Years Of Jazz Guitar

Associated Artists and Works

Armstrong, Louis
Barney Kessel Big Band
Brown, Ray (Bass)
Ellis, Herb
Grappelli, Stephane
Hawes, Hampton
Mancini, Henry
Manne, Shelley
Mitchell, Red

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/07/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 6022
Music Label Name Label : Contemporary Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Mixed
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00025218902229

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Kessel,Barney
Product attributeLabel:   Fantasy/milestone/prestige
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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