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Jazz - Released January 1, 1957 | Fantasy Records

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Bebop - Released August 7, 2015 | BDMUSIC

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1998 | Fantasy Records

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Jazz - Released April 19, 2005 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1991 | Concord Records, Inc.

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1987 | Fantasy Records

Guitarist Barney Kessel teams up with Bob Cooper (mostly on oboe but also doubling a bit on tenor), either Claude Williamson or Hampton Hawes on piano, Monty Budwig or Red Mitchell on bass, and Shelly Manne or Chuck Thompson on drums. Other than his own "64 Bars on Wilshire" and "Barney's Blues," the repertoire on this CD reissue is comprised of jazz standards. Inventive frameworks and the utilization of Cooper's jazz oboe (a real rarity in jazz of the time) give the otherwise boppish reissue its own personality. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2005 | Gambit Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1987 | Fantasy Records

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Jazz - Released April 19, 2005 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Jazz - Released December 8, 2017 | School of Jazz Records

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Jazz - Released January 27, 2015 | Harlem Jazz Records

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Jazz - Released February 6, 2015 | Masterpieces - Jazz

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Jazz - Released December 9, 2013 | Original Jazz Sound

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Jazz - Released February 3, 2016 | glamorous music

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Pop - Released January 1, 2003 | Fantasy Records

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
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Jazz - Released February 5, 2008 | Rhino Atlantic

On paper, the pairing of bop guitarist Barney Kessel and the hippie musical Hair seems a little unusual, but the results are surprisingly enjoyable. Teaming with guitarist Ike Isaacs, organists Kenny Saloman and Steve Gray, bassist Tony Campo and drummer Barry Morgan, Kessel runs through all the familiar pieces -- "Aquarius," "Frank Mills," "Easy to Be Hard," "Good Morning Starshine" -- injecting them with a spirited sense of swing. Some of the tunes remain slight, and the guitarist doesn't always sound comfortable with the material, but overall it's a fun, albeit minor, entry in Kessel's catalog. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Jazz - Released September 1, 2008 | Supreme Jazz

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Jazz - Released August 12, 2016 | BHM

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Jazz - Released November 6, 2014 | Swanley

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Jazz - Released April 19, 2005 | Rhino - Warner Bros.