Plays for Lovers

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Contemporary
  • UPC: 025218902229
  • Catalog Number: 6022
  • Sales rank: 103,252

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Embraceable You (3:24)
  2. 2 I'm Glad There Is You (5:36)
  3. 3 What Is There to Say? (3:36)
  4. 4 Satin Doll (6:33)
  5. 5 My Funny Valentine (4:51)
  6. 6 This Guy's in Love With You (5:18)
  7. 7 Angel Eyes (4:42)
  8. 8 Just in Time (5:00)
  9. 9 My Reverie (2:33)
  10. 10 Love Is Here to Stay (3:27)
  11. 11 Tenderly (3:15)
  12. 12 It Could Happen to You (4:25)
  13. 13 My Old Flame (3:39)
  14. 14 Laura (3:26)
  15. 15 You Go to My Head (4:24)
  16. 16 I'm Through With Love (3:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barney Kessel Primary Artist, Guitar
Victor Feldman Vibes
Elvin Jones Drums
Shelly Manne Drums
Red Mitchell Bass
Rufus Reid Bass
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Harry Babasin Bass
Arnold Ross Piano
Claude Williamson Piano
Justin Gordon Bass Clarinet
Ben Riley Drums
Kenny Barron Piano
Ray Brown Bass
Monty Budwig Bass
Irving Cottler Drums
Chuck Domanico Bass
Hampton Hawes Piano
Al Hendrickson Rhythm Guitar
Bobby Hutcherson Vibes
Jules Jacob Oboe
Marvin Jenkins Flute
Leroy Vinnegar Bass
Howard Terry Bassoon
Jerry Good Bass
Stan Popper Drums
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Larry Clinton Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Betty Comden Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Hal David Composer
Claude Debussy Composer
Jimmy Dorsey Composer
Roy DuNann Engineer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Adolph Green Composer
Walter Gross Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Howard Holzer Engineer
Gus Kahn Composer
Lester Koenig Producer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
John Palladino Engineer
David Raksin Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Val Valentin Engineer
James Van Heusen Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Arthur Johnston Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Earl Brent Composer
Paul Madeira Composer
Jim Ferguson Liner Notes
Eric Miller Producer
Tom Size Engineer
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