Blues for a Playboy

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
The promotional blurb on the back of this CD claims that Barney Kessel was equally influential in jazz and rock circles. While definitely one of the top jazz guitarists and a well-liked studio session player, it's a big stretch to say he was an idol of rockers, even though he was a sideman on some influential pop
ock LPs in the '60s. This compilation features 16 jazz standards, mostly played in ballad form, which was not generally his forté. The bop sounds he did employ make way for the cool sound that was also prevalent on the West Coast. His renderings of "Tenderly," "Prelude to a Kiss," "Midnight Sun," "Indian Summer," "Laura," ...
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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
The promotional blurb on the back of this CD claims that Barney Kessel was equally influential in jazz and rock circles. While definitely one of the top jazz guitarists and a well-liked studio session player, it's a big stretch to say he was an idol of rockers, even though he was a sideman on some influential pop
ock LPs in the '60s. This compilation features 16 jazz standards, mostly played in ballad form, which was not generally his forté. The bop sounds he did employ make way for the cool sound that was also prevalent on the West Coast. His renderings of "Tenderly," "Prelude to a Kiss," "Midnight Sun," "Indian Summer," "Laura," and "'Round Midnight" are indeed precious, but aren't a full representation of what he was all about. There are four supplemental cuts to finish the CD off, featuring appearances by Billie Holiday, Art Tatum, Lester Young, and Anita O'Day that are good, but incongruous with the rest of the collection. Far from essential Kessel, this CD is at best a curious production.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2007
  • Label: Fivefour
  • EAN: 5013929312524
  • Catalog Number: 25

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tenderly (3:16)
  2. 2 Bernardo (2:35)
  3. 3 Vicky's Dream (2:52)
  4. 4 That's All (4:10)
  5. 5 Just Squeeze Me (2:59)
  6. 6 Prelude to a Kiss (3:14)
  7. 7 Speak Low (2:45)
  8. 8 Midnight Sun (3:10)
  9. 9 Don't Blame Me (2:58)
  10. 10 Cheerful Little Earful (3:28)
  11. 11 My Reverie (2:34)
  12. 12 Blues for a Playboy (4:02)
  13. 13 Love Is for the Very Young (2:31)
  14. 14 Indian Summer (5:02)
  15. 15 Laura (3:26)
  16. 16 Round Midnight (5:57)
  17. 17 When Your Lover Has Gone - Billie Holiday (4:59)
  18. 18 What Is This Thing Called Love - Art Tatum (7:55)
  19. 19 I Can't Get Started - Lester Young (3:43)
  20. 20 Pick Yourself Up - Anita O'Day (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barney Kessel Primary Artist, Guitar
Buddy Collette Flute
Bob Cooper Tenor Saxophone
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Lionel Hampton Vibes
Shelly Manne Drums
Red Mitchell Bass
Buddy Rich Drums
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Howard Rumsey Bass
Bud Shank Flute, Alto Saxophone
Art Tatum Piano, Guest Appearance
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Harry Babasin Bass
Stan Levey Drums
Arnold Ross Piano
Claude Williamson Piano
Anita O'Day Vocals, Guest Appearance
Billie Holiday Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ray Brown Bass
Monty Budwig Bass
Larry Bunker Drums
Red Callender Bass
J.C. Heard Drums
Al Hendrickson Rhythm Guitar
Joe Mondragon Bass
Frank Rosolino Trombone
Alvin Stoller Drums
Paul "Scooby" Smith Piano
Technical Credits
Victor Herbert Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Henry Mancini Author
John Lennon Author
Lionel Hampton Composer
Barney Kessel Composer
Larry Clinton Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Phil Spector Author
Ogden Nash Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Alan Brandt Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Claude Debussy Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
B.B. King Author
Lester Koenig Producer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Cole Porter Composer
David Raksin Composer
Mickey Rooney Author
Harry Warren Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Bob Haymes Composer
Christopher Evans Liner Notes
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