Barney Kessel

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Barney Kessel (October 17, 1923 – May 6, 2004) was an American jazz guitarist born in Muskogee, Oklahoma.wikipedia
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Jammin' the Blues

He appeared in the film Jammin' the Blues, which featured Lester Young.
It features Lester Young, Red Callender, Harry Edison, Marlowe Morris, Sid Catlett, Barney Kessel, Jo Jones, John Simmons, Illinois Jacquet, Marie Bryant and Archie Savage.

Julie Is Her Name

He was the guitarist on the album Julie Is Her Name (1955) by Julie London, which includes the standard "Cry Me a River," which sold a million copies and demonstrated Kessel's chordal approach to guitar.
The album featured Barney Kessel on guitar and Ray Leatherwood on bass.

Contemporary Records

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After leaving the trio, he recorded several solo albums for Contemporary.

Oscar Peterson

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He worked in Jazz at the Philharmonic and for one year in the early 1950s he was a member of the Oscar Peterson trio.
Two years later they added guitarist Barney Kessel.

Music to Listen to Barney Kessel By

Music to Listen to Barney Kessel By is an album by guitarist Barney Kessel recorded at sessions in 1956 and released on the Contemporary label.

The Poll Winners

The Poll Winners is an album by jazz guitarist Barney Kessel with drummer Shelly Manne and bassist Ray Brown that was recorded in 1957 and released by Contemporary Records.

Artie Shaw

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Soon after, he played in the bands of Charlie Barnet and Artie Shaw.
The long series of musical groups Shaw formed included Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Helen Forrest, Mel Tormé, Buddy Rich, Dave Tough, Barney Kessel, Jimmy Raney, Tal Farlow, Dodo Marmarosa, and Ray Conniff.

Poll Winners Three!

Poll Winners Three! is an album by guitarist Barney Kessel with drummer Shelly Manne and bassist Ray Brown, recorded in 1959 and released on the Contemporary label.

Let's Cook!

Let's Cook! is an album by guitarist Barney Kessel recorded at sessions in 1957 but not released on the Contemporary label until 1962.

Herb Ellis

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He formed the ensemble Great Guitars with Charlie Byrd and Herb Ellis.
Ellis then joined the Oscar Peterson Trio (replacing Barney Kessel) in 1953, forming what Scott Yanow would later on refer to as "one of the most memorable of all the piano, guitar, and bass trios in jazz history".

Ray Brown (musician)

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He recorded a series of albums with Ray Brown and Shelly Manne The Poll Winners because the three of them often won polls conducted by Metronome and DownBeat magazines.
The trio included a guitarist until 1958 (initially Barney Kessel, and then Herb Ellis).

Barney Kessel's Swingin' Party

Barney Kessel's Swingin' Party (subtitled at Contemporary) is an album by guitarist Barney Kessel recorded in 1960 but not released on the Contemporary label until 1963.

The Poll Winners Ride Again!

The Poll Winners Ride Again! is an album by guitarist Barney Kessel with drummer Shelly Manne and bassist Ray Brown, recorded in 1958 and released on the Contemporary label.

Feeling Free

Feeling Free is an album by guitarist Barney Kessel recorded in 1969 and released on the Contemporary label.

Jazz at the Philharmonic

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He worked in Jazz at the Philharmonic and for one year in the early 1950s he was a member of the Oscar Peterson trio.
Over the years, "Jazz at the Philharmonic" featured many of the era's preeminent musicians, including Louie Bellson, Ray Brown, Benny Carter, Nat King Cole, Sonny Criss, Buddy DeFranco, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Roy Eldridge, Herb Ellis, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Bill Harris, Coleman Hawkins, J. C. Heard, Billie Holiday, Helen Humes, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Illinois Jacquet, J. J. Johnson, Hank Jones, Jo Jones, Barney Kessel, Kenny Kersey, Gene Krupa, Lou Levy, Meade Lux Lewis, Shelly Manne, Fats Navarro, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, Flip Phillips, Buddy Rich, Charlie Shavers, Willie Smith, Sonny Stitt, Slim Gaillard, Clark Terry, Tommy Turk, T-Bone Walker, Ben Webster, Lee Young, Lester Young, and Trummy Young.

Cry Me a River (Arthur Hamilton song)

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He was the guitarist on the album Julie Is Her Name (1955) by Julie London, which includes the standard "Cry Me a River," which sold a million copies and demonstrated Kessel's chordal approach to guitar.
The song was also offered to Peggy King, but Columbia Records A&R chief Mitch Miller objected to the word "plebeian" in the lyric and its first release was by actress/singer Julie London on Liberty Records in 1955, backed by Barney Kessel on guitar and Ray Leatherwood on bass.

Charlie Barnet

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Soon after, he played in the bands of Charlie Barnet and Artie Shaw.
During his swing period his band included Buddy DeFranco, Roy Eldridge, Neal Hefti, Lena Horne, Barney Kessel, Dodo Marmorosa, Oscar Pettiford, and Art House, while later versions of the band included Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen, Jimmy Knepper and Clark Terry.

Shelly Manne

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He recorded a series of albums with Ray Brown and Shelly Manne The Poll Winners because the three of them often won polls conducted by Metronome and DownBeat magazines.
Another example of Manne's ability to transcend the narrow borders of any particular school is the series of trio albums he recorded with guitarist Barney Kessel and bassist Ray Brown as "The Poll Winners".

Sonny Rollins

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He recorded with pop acts such as The Monkees and The Beach Boys and with jazz musicians Sonny Rollins and Art Tatum.
This was a session for Contemporary Records and saw Rollins recording an esoteric mixture of tunes including "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" with a West Coast group made up of pianist Hampton Hawes, guitarist Barney Kessel, bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Manne.

Muskogee, Oklahoma

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Barney Kessel (October 17, 1923 – May 6, 2004) was an American jazz guitarist born in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

The Wrecking Crew (music)

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Kessel was a member of the group of session musicians informally known as the Wrecking Crew.

Charlie Byrd

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He formed the ensemble Great Guitars with Charlie Byrd and Herb Ellis.
That same year Byrd joined guitarists Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel and formed the Great Guitars group, which also included drummer Johnny Rae.