Chuck Redd Remembers Barney Kessel: Happy All the Time

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Vibraphonist Chuck Redd came to prominence as part of the Charlie Byrd Trio and made a wonderful contribution to one of Byrd's last albums, Au Courant. Here, Redd pays tribute to Barney Kessel, another great guitarist who came to the forefront in the 1950s. He's joined by two guitarists, Howard Alden and Gene Bertoncini, but neither make their appearance before the fourth cut. Redd's vibraphone, then, takes the place of the guitar on "Laura" and "Cry Me a River," providing a mellow, fluid reference to Kessel's bop-based style. Redd is joined by a number of players, but only bassist Hassan Shakur joins him on every track. Alternately, pianists Monty Alexander and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Vibraphonist Chuck Redd came to prominence as part of the Charlie Byrd Trio and made a wonderful contribution to one of Byrd's last albums, Au Courant. Here, Redd pays tribute to Barney Kessel, another great guitarist who came to the forefront in the 1950s. He's joined by two guitarists, Howard Alden and Gene Bertoncini, but neither make their appearance before the fourth cut. Redd's vibraphone, then, takes the place of the guitar on "Laura" and "Cry Me a River," providing a mellow, fluid reference to Kessel's bop-based style. Redd is joined by a number of players, but only bassist Hassan Shakur joins him on every track. Alternately, pianists Monty Alexander and Robert Redd appear on three-quarters of the tracks, and drummer Jeff Hamilton plays on all but two of the selections. The collection really takes off when Alden joins Redd for an upbeat take of "On a Slow Boat to China" for an incendiary workout. The two players are a remarkable match on cuts like Kessel's "Swedish Pastry" and "64 Bars of Wilshire." Bertoncini, on the other hand, provides a much lighter, acoustic touch, reminding one of Redd's old partner, Byrd. Remembers Barney Kessel is a good and enjoyable recording, and folks will want to stick around for the ten-minute take on "Slow Burn" at the very end.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2006
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941131420
  • Catalog Number: 19314
  • Sales rank: 166,977

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Happy All the Time (4:37)
  2. 2 Laura (7:59)
  3. 3 Cry Me a River (6:45)
  4. 4 On a Slow Boat to China (4:47)
  5. 5 Tenderly (4:36)
  6. 6 You're the One for Me (4:49)
  7. 7 Love Is Here to Stay (4:54)
  8. 8 Swedish Pastry (5:17)
  9. 9 Sweet Baby (5:33)
  10. 10 64 Bars on Wilshire (3:14)
  11. 11 Li'l Darlin' (5:31)
  12. 12 Slow Burn (9:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chuck Redd Primary Artist, Drums, Vibes
Howard Alden Guitar
Monty Alexander Piano
Jeff Hamilton Drums
Gene Bertoncini Guitar
Hassan Shakur Bass, Acoustic Bass
Robert Redd Piano
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Barney Kessel Composer
John Scofield Author
Neal Hefti Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
John Clayton Liner Notes, Author
Ira Gershwin Composer
Walter Gross Composer
Arthur Hamilton Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Ed Rak Engineer, Mastering
David Raksin Composer
Chuck Redd Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Chris Abshire Cover Design
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
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