AVID Jazz here presents three classic Barney Kessel albums plus including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD.
Some Like It Hot, The Poll Winners, Carmen and eight of nine tracks from The Poll Winners Ride Again
Barney Kessel was voted the most popular jazz guitarist for three straight years between 1956- 1958 by three major US polls for Down Beat, Playboy and Metronome. All but one of our selections were recorded during this period and the fourth when he was still riding high in 1959! Some Like It Hot- a modern jazz album version of the songs from the classic movie Some Like It Hot starring, of course, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. As Barney observed This was a lot of fun for all of us
the arrangements were head arrangements
it has a relaxed loose feeling. Hardly surprising when the line up we have here alongside Barney includes Art Pepper, Jimmy Rowles, Monty Budwig and the great Shelly Manne! The Poll Winners features a classic trio of jazz greats, alongside Barney are Roy Brown on bass and Shelly Manne (again) on drums. All three had just won the major US jazz polls from Down Beat, Playboy and Metronome. As the liner notes attest this was
..primarily a conversational set between kindred spirits. For Carmen we can hear modern jazz performances of music adapted by Barney Kessel from the score of Bizets Carmen. Take a look at the line up Kessel assembled for this 1958 recording
Andre Previn- piano, Shelly Manne-drums, Buddy Collette- flute, Ray Linn-trumpet, Victor Feldman- vibraharp and Joe Mandragon- bass. In Kessels words it is my hope that the album will please jazz fans and not offend lovers of Bizets music
.I would like to feel that as one hears this one realises its Bizet and that its also me. Poll Winners Ride Again
the return of the titanic trio, Barney, Roy Brown and Shelly Manne, two years after their first meeting where they were fresh from their Poll Winners successes. Summed up by Shelly Manne
the kind of playing on this album
..really appeals to me
everything happens spontaneously
you get a feeling of freedom
.I think this interplay
..is the most wonderful way to play
its the kind of playing I really enjoy the most. And we enjoy listening to it the most!! We know you will!
All three albums plus have been digitally re-mastered for probably the finest ever sound quality!
1-10: Some Like It Hot
1. Some Like It Hot
2. I Wanna Be Loved By You
3. Stairway To The Stars
4. Sweet Sue
5. Runnin Wild
6. Sweet Georgia Brown
7. Down Among The Sheltering Palms
8. Sugar Blues
9. Im Thru With Love
10. By The Beautiful Sea
11-19: The Poll Winners
12. Satin Doll
13. It Could Happen To You
14. Mean To Me
15. Dont Worry Bout Me
16. Green Dolphin Street
17. You Go To My Head
18. Minor Mood
1. Swingin The Toreador
2. A Pad On The Edge Of Town
3. If You Dig Me
4. Free As A Bird
5. Viva El Toro!
7. Carmens Cool
8. Like, Theres No Place Like...
9. The Gypsys Hip
10. Be Deedle Dee Do from The Poll Winners Ride Again!
11. Volare (Nel Blu, Dipinto Di Blu) from The Poll Winners Ride Again!
12. Spring Is Here from The Poll Winners Ride Again!
13. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top from The Poll Winners Ride Again!
14. Custard Puff from The Poll Winners Ride Again!
15. When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin Along from The Poll Winners Ride Again!
16. Angel Eyes from The Poll Winners Ride Again!
17. The Merry Go Round Broke Down from The Poll Winners Ride Again!