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Barney Kessel • Military Swing


Biography by Scott Yanow
One of the finest guitarists to emerge after the death of Charlie Christian, Barney Kessel was a reliable bop soloist throughout his career. He played with a big band fronted by Chico Marx (1943), was fortunate enough to appear in the classic jazz short Jammin' the Blues (1944), and then worked with the big bands of Charlie Barnet (1944-1945) and Artie Shaw (1945); he also recorded with Shaw's Gramercy Five. Kessel became a busy studio musician in Los Angeles, but was always in demand for jazz records. He toured with the Oscar Peterson Trio for one year (1952-1953) and then, starting in 1953, led an impressive series of records for Contemporary that lasted until 1961 (including several with Ray Brown and Shelly Manne in a trio accurately called the Poll Winners). After touring Europe with George Wein's Newport All-Stars (1968), Kessel lived in London for a time (1969-1970). In 1973, he began touring and recording with the Great Guitars, a group also including Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd. A serious stroke in 1992 put Barney Kessel permanently out of action, but many of his records (which include dates for Onyx, Black Lion, Sonet, and Concord, in addition to many of the Contemporaries) are available, along with several video collections put out by Vestapol. Kessel was diagnosed with inoperable cancer in 2001, which eventually took his life in May of 2004. He was 80 years old.


Biografía de Scott Yanow
Uno de los mejores guitarristas que surgieron después de la muerte de Charlie Christian, Barney Kessel fue un solista confiable de bop a lo largo de su carrera. Tocó con una big band liderada por Chico Marx (1943), tuvo la suerte de aparecer en el clásico corto de jazz Jammin' the Blues (1944) y luego trabajó con las big bands de Charlie Barnet (1944-1945) y Artie Shaw (1945); también grabó con Gramercy Five de Shaw. Kessel se convirtió en un músico de estudio ocupado en Los Ángeles, pero siempre tuvo demanda de discos de jazz. Estuvo de gira con el Trío Oscar Peterson durante un año (1952-1953) y luego, a partir de 1953, dirigió una impresionante serie de discos contemporáneos que duraron hasta 1961 (incluidos varios con Ray Brown y Shelly Manne en un trío llamado con precisión the Poll Winners). Después de recorrer Europa con Newport All-Stars de George Wein (1968) , Kessel vivió en Londres durante un tiempo (1969-1970). En 1973, comenzó a hacer giras y grabar con The Great Guitars, un grupo que también incluía a Herb Ellis y Charlie Byrd. Un derrame cerebral grave en 1992 dejó a Barney Kessel permanentemente fuera de acción, pero muchos de sus discos (que incluyen fechas de Onyx, Black Lion, Sonet y Concord, además de muchos de los Contemporáneos) están disponibles, junto con varias colecciones de videos publicadas por Vestapol. Kessel fue diagnosticado con cáncer inoperable en 2001, que finalmente le quitó la vida en mayo de 2004. Tenía 80 años.

1 - C Jam Blues
Composed By – Duke Ellington - 11:08
2 - Serenade To Servicemen
Composed By – Albert Stinson - 4:15
3 - Ritual Fire Dance
Composed By – Manuel De Falla - 2:21
4 - Hungarian Dance No 5
Composed By – Johannes Brahms - 2:32
5 - Waltz In Spring Time
Composed By – Barney Kessel - 2:36
6 - Army Rocks And Navy Rolls
Composed By – Barney Kessel - 3:38
7 - High In The Sky
Composed By – Albert Stinson - 6:46
8 - Morning Dew
Composed By – George Wallington - 2:56
9 - Hurry Arnold
Composed By – Arnold Ross - 2:48
10 - Constellation
Composed By – George Shearing - 2:38

    Alto Saxophone – Plas Johnson (tracks: 1)
    Art Direction – Kumiko Suzuki
    Bass – Albert Stinson (tracks: 2 to 7), Herb Mickman (tracks: 1), Monty Budwig (tracks: 8 to 10)
    Drums – Frank Capp (tracks: 8 to 10), Shelly Manne (tracks: 2 to 7), Stan Levey (tracks: 1)
    Guitar – Barney Kessel
    Liner Notes – Tetsuya Yanagisawa
    Piano – Arnold Ross (tracks: 8 to 10), Frank Patchen (tracks: 1 to 7)
    Reissue Producer – Toshiya Taenaka
    Remastered By – Ken Shibusawa
    Trumpet – Pete Candoli (tracks: 1)
    Vibraphone – Victor Feldman (tracks: 1 to 7)

Recorded from 1958 to 1961.
1 : From "Airforce Reserve Show (1961)"
2-4 : From "Army Bandstand (1958)"
5-7 : From "Army Bandstand (1959)"
8 : From "Navy Swings (1961)"
9-10 : From "Navy Swings (1960)"

Label:    Jazzbank – M1094
Series:    Jazzbank Archives
Country:    Japan
Released:    2006
Genre:    Jazz
Style:    Bop

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