Barney Kessel Live At The Jazz Mill 1954 LP (Mono) (Red Vinyl)
Unearthed tape from Jazz icon Barney Kessel now presented on here on Red Vinyl!
Unearthed tape from a jazz icon. Thanks to a 21-year-old with a tape machine, we
can all experience the majesty of guitar legend Barney Kessel at his 1954 best!
Even if you don't know Barney Kessel, you know Barney Kessel -- as a
first-string member of the group of LA session musicians nicknamed "The Wrecking
Crew," Kessel's guitar is heard on just about every LA-based hit you'd care to
name from the '60s, including songs by the Monkees and The Beach Boys' legendary
Smile LP. And that's Kessel's playing on the famous "fight music" from the Star
Trek TV series. He was regarded as the very best of the session guitarists by
just about everyone around, and guitarists everywhere site him as an influence.
But before he played rock and roll, Kessel was a jazz pioneer -- as one of the
leading lights of the hard-bop movement, his jazz guitar was legendary, and he
was ranked the No. 1 guitarist in Down Beat and Playboy for numerous years. He
played with Sonny Rollins and Oscar Peterson (and Chico Marx -- yes, that Chico
Marx!) as well as leading his own super-tight group. On albums such as The Poll
Winners, Kessel defined the bop style with a jazz "power trio," creating a body
of work that made him a legend.
Live At The Jazz Mill is a unique artifact -- recorded on a tape recorder by
young jazz fan Jack Miller, this live recording catches Barney Kessel in the
middle of his run at the Jazz Mill with a great four-piece band. The collection,
gleaned from a couple of nights' best recordings, features Kessel's spirited
take on such Songbook classics as "Get Happy" and "Stardust," not to mention the
Gershwin great "Embraceable You." Its pressed on colored vinyl and wrapped in a
sleeve which captures the unique vibe of jazz graphics of the 1950s. Get with
Barney Kessel, and get with a true pioneer of the jazz form!
Unearthed 1957 Tape from a Jazz icon
Barney Kessel, guitar
Pete Jolly, piano
Gene Stoffell, bass
Art Kile, drums
1. Strike Up the Band
2. How About You
3. Get Happy
1. Seven Come Eleven
2. Rose Room
3. Somebody Loves Me
4. Embraceable You