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jueves, 19 de mayo de 2016

George Barnes • Plays So Good

When George Barnes died, I lost a beautiful friend and the world lost a great musician. There have been and still are marvelous guitarists of whom l am well aware and highly respect, yet George Barnes always brought me a special sort of nourishment whenever he played — indeed, whenever I was with him. Notes, patterns, lines, call them what you will, always went where l wanted them to go. This may sound paradoxical since they always moved to unexpected places. He was certainly the wittiest jazz musician l have ever heard. As well, he was a true romanticist. And add to that, his extraordinarily acute and discerning ear resulted in some of the most brilliant solos l have ever heard. His warmth, stylishness and wit never failed to make me feel happy and fulfilled. l once suggested to him a title for an album he was planning to record. The title was Aspects of the Truth. For his concept of music was a constant series of facets of my definition of truth. l loved him very much, am desolated by his death but am delighted that his talent and taste may still be heard on this recording in which he plays the key role in a quartet of sympathetic and musically congenial fellow musicians.
Alec Wilder, from the booklet

1 Night and Day (Porter) 2:22
2 I'm Coming Virginia (Cook / Donald Heywood) 2:19
3 Days of Wine and Roses (Mancini / Johnny Mercer) 4:00
4 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington / Bob Russell) 3:58
5 On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) (Lane / Alan Jay Lerner) 2:42
6 I've Found a New Baby (Palmer / Spencer Williams) 5:24
7 George Barnes Rap/Intro 0:46
8 Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf / Fats Waller) 4:32
9 St. Louis Blues (Handy) 3:36
10 At Sundown (Donaldson) 3:59

George Barnes - g
Duncan James - g
Dean Rely - b
Benny Barth - dr

Recorded live at Bimbo's Francisco, Califoria ; April 17, 1977

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