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    Quote Originally Posted by takefive
    Here's him playing on the Jazz Scene, some of it is pretty heavy guitar hero type stuff.
    What a great video! There was such a wealth of art on TV in the late 50’s and early 60’s. (Some people think nothing interesting happened until 1967.)

    He sure does burn through April in Paris!

    BTW, that guitar (ES-350 with CC pickup) was sold at auction last year. I can’t find any information about the buyer or price. It was listed in “fair” condition LOL...

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    Heyy I love Barney Kessel, been a little while since I've listened to him. I've just enjoyed watching a few of these videos and I think they get better over time. (meaning I'm appreciating new things that I didn't notice before)

    Also, I just scored his "The Guitar" book on amazon. I wanted this when I heard about it years ago... that gift card I got for Xmas came in handy!

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    Another nice one (they even put some trees in the studio!)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Jeff
    BTW, that guitar (ES-350 with CC pickup) was sold at auction last year. I can’t find any information about the buyer or price. It was listed in “fair” condition LOL...
    It is definitely a unique guitar, but Barney could probably play any guitar and sound like himself.

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    Repost - this looks like it's an Ibanez:



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    Quote Originally Posted by grahambop
    Another nice one (they even put some trees in the studio!)

    That’s how I play Autumn Leaves in my dreams!

    Is that Neils O-P on bass? And who is the drummer?

    Edit: just found out it’s Jim Richardson on bass and Tony Mann on drums. I guess he finally got his drummer to drop the final “e”... ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by takefive
    Here's him playing on the Jazz Scene, some of it is pretty heavy guitar hero type stuff.
    Some more trivia: Oscar Brown Jr who was the host of that series was a well-known singer, poet and activist who wrote lyrics for a number of iconic jazz songs including Work Song, Watermelon Man and So What that are still sung by vocalists wishing to tackle these songs.

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    Speaking of Oscar Brown, Jr, he also wrote this


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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    Speaking of Oscar Brown, Jr, he also wrote this

    And this:



    And this is may be the best known one from this set:


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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    And this:




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    Barney is one of my favorites and I a big fan. The only thing he gets a bit aggressive for me at times and then like others say he gets sloppy. He manages to set the standard for big full chord melody guitar that makes it sound much bigger. My favorite Kessel recording is Kessel Plays Standards. The only thing he really does not do as well as some is those neat and flowing bebop lines like Chuck Wayne, Jimmy Raney, and Tal Farlow. I listen to Barney when I want to hear swinging chord melody and all guitar.

    One thing Barney has that makes him truly one of the masters is you know is it Barney playing in first 3 measure of him playing. He has his own sound and identity.

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    Regarding the Kessel book by his ex, I just finished it. Save your $.
    Just filled w dates and places of gigs and his mood swings, womanizing and her unpleasant marriage.
    Not sure what I was expecting,
    I find so many books like this about jazz musicians to he almost unreadable.

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    The first Jazz records I ever bought were the Poll Winners 1 to 4, a Django single (Manoir De Mes Reves / Swing 42) & a Johnny Smith Single (Moonlight In Vermont / Taboo) - 2nd hand record shop & I hadn't heard any of them, although I may have known Django's name...

    A good start to my jazz guitar education.

    Kessel's own tunes as published by Windsor music are fun to play too, working my way through the first (of three) volumes...

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    Hey, me too. I had plenty of my dad's jazz records around the house, but the first ones I actually bought were The Pollwinners series, the Moonlight in Vermont album, and a Hot Club album.

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    BK really swings on this album. (As do the other 3!)




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    Thanks for sharing the great tunes Woody.

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    Thanks to a 21 year old kid with tape recorder, we have this ....


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    Nice article...
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    Regarding the Kessel book by his ex, I just finished it. Save your $.
    Just filled w dates and places of gigs and his mood swings, womanizing and her unpleasant marriage.
    Not sure what I was expecting,
    I find so many books like this about jazz musicians to he almost unreadable.
    SOME WOMEN PLAY ROUGH 2 CASES CITED....Lee Morgan.TRUMPETER...common-law wife Helen shot and killed him following a confrontation at Slug's Saloon, in New York City... Lenny Breau...wife, Jewel Breau, was the chief suspect in the case but she was never charged

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    Quote Originally Posted by wintermoon
    Regarding the Kessel book by his ex, I just finished it. Save your $.
    Just filled w dates and places of gigs and his mood swings, womanizing and her unpleasant marriage.
    Not sure what I was expecting,
    I find so many books like this about jazz musicians to he almost unreadable.
    I'm reading it now. I find some of the early material about his background in Oklahoma interesting. I knew some of that from another bio of Kessel I read. But I've had a family crisis (mom, 90, fell and fractured her hip, so there was hospital>>surgery>>recovery>>and now rehab) and that's cut into my reading time, so I haven't gotten too far into the book.

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    In my youth Barney Kessel and other great and well known players were always accessible through recordings that exerted tremendous influences over young players. Their recordings were rich sources of the highest values of jazz guitar.

    Most of us saw only album cover pictures of these masters, but the recording was always of inestimable value as a major learning tool. Over and over again we carefully dropped the needle to review a phrase in order to really feel it as we tried to approximate or replicate it. Thus, our ears became very finely tuned and we relied on them with great faithfulness, particularly since interviews of the greats revealed that their unique styles came about, in large part, through their ears.

    Thus, I spent a great deal of time with Barney Kessel; so much so that I can sing note-for-note most of his solos that I chose to concentrate upon---sixty years later! He, and a handful of others with rare individual musical gifts fashioned untold numbers of guitarists of every talent level. For some of us they leave behind rich legacies that are profound and eternal. They were great artists and teachers, an elite cohort to which Barney Kessel rightly belongs.

    Ron Vitarelli
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    In my youth Barney Kessel and other great and well known players were always accessible through recordings that exerted tremendous influences over young players. Their recordings were rich sources of the highest values of jazz guitar.

    Most of us saw only album cover pictures of these great players, but the recording was always of inestimable value as a major learning tool. Over and over again we carefully dropped the needle to review a phrase in order to really feel it as we tried to approximate or replicate it. Thus, our ears became very finely tuned and we relied on them with great faithfulness, particularly since interviews of the greats revealed that their unique styles came about, in large part, through their ears.

    Thus, I spent a great deal of time with Barney Kessel; so much so that I can sing note-for-note most of his solos that I chose to concentrate upon---sixty years later! He, and a handful of others with rare individual musical gifts fashioned untold numbers of guitarists of every talent level. For some of us they leave behind rich legacies that are profound and eternal. They were great artists and teachers, an elite cohort to which Barney Kessel rightly belongs.<Ron Vitarelli
    CT, USA

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    Quote Originally Posted by wintermoon
    Regarding the Kessel book by his ex, I just finished it. Save your $.
    Just filled w dates and places of gigs and his mood swings, womanizing and her unpleasant marriage.
    Not sure what I was expecting,
    I find so many books like this about jazz musicians to he almost unreadable.
    I just don’t get into these posthumous tell-alls by aggrieved parties. All that matters to me about Barney - and every other musician I love - is the notes he played on the records. His personal life is of little interest to me. If you married him and it didn’t turn out to be peaches and cream, well that’s your problem - I didn’t marry Barney, or have any relation to him other than enjoying his music, so I’m not really going to let you spoil that for me, just because you made a bad relationship choice and now Barney is gone so he cannot defend himself against your accusations. And guess what, Lady - you never made a record I love as far as I know, so your stories are really of no interest to me.

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    On the other hand, this loving, highly intimate tribute to Ted by his Barbara Franklin is genuinely insightful and illuminating about the man who made the music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    Love this video of Barney and Herb playing the theme to "The Flintstones."


    Great googly moogly!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumpnblues
    Great googly moogly!!
    Always been a favorite. Good energy.

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    Always like to hear the greats when they back vocalists. Here’s one of my favorites.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Greentone
    Always been a favorite. Good energy.

    Got to see them together on the Great Guitars tour in the late '70s. They were really, um...great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    I'm a big Kessell fan too.

    Been working on this blues of his lately. That turnaround is nifty. (And hard for me to get up to tempo!)



    And then this, his take on "Indiana." I love everything about his playing here.


    Been listening to this for the last month or so. Great recording. Barney is definitely in my top five.

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    I case you haven't seen this. Herb Ellis is also another favorite of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deacon Mark
    .The only thing he really does not do as well as some is those neat and flowing bebop lines like Chuck Wayne, Jimmy Raney, and Tal Farlow. I listen to Barney when I want to hear swinging chord melody and all guitar.

    i know what you mean he could burn, just his style was to play chords interspersed with fast lines, Wes also did not play endless lines they are all GREAT.

    just as in what you said, I dont look to Raney (Monster) for chords. Sco mainly has that style its not so obvious as he play little 2 note clusters, where as Barney play these big chords. In fact i thing thats one of the things i love about Barney. Joe P could burn but never over stayed his welcome as much as i much as i like Pat M, sometimes it gets a bit dull. Simply because it is no longer Rhythmic Benson does not do it he always breaks the line up.

    they are all great, difference personalities. Barney Kessel played with Charlie Parker for 3 months,


    ps Herb did not play super burn , but boy could he swing and was probably the Bluesiest.

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    D.,

    You and I see/hear things very much alike. I agree that some of the greats are great, but there's a limit beyond which stuff gets boring. I always thought of Barney as a complete package. I've always referred to him when I worked to build my solo book and chops. We are, of course, different. And unless that shows in your playing, you're not playing, you're copying.

    Do you do solo guitar?

    Hang in there and stay in tune.

    RV

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    He’s so great! Just the deftness of how he gets chords in there when he’s playing trio.... So swinging too... just a badass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77
    He’s so great! Just the deftness of how he gets chords in there when he’s playing trio.... So swinging too... just a badass.
    I have been planning on posting but didn't know how to get my point across. You did with "Just the deftness of how he gets chords in there".

    As others have noted all professional jazz guitar players use chords in their solo (even Grant Green, ha ha), but most typically either start or end a passage with a chord, or the entire passage is chords (Wes); I.e. single line solo then a solo using mostly chords.

    Barney gets his chord 'in there' often in unexpected places (well at least to me on the first listen of a recording).

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    Quote Originally Posted by takefive
    I case you haven't seen this. Herb Ellis is also another favorite of mine.

    Have mercy!! After watching that I think I'll go to my room and practice tuning my guitar or something.