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Barney Kessel - Rare Performances: 1962-1991 - DVD
Songs include: "The Gypsy In My Soul, One Mint Julep, On A Clear Day, I Love You, Brazilian Beat, Here's That Rainy Day, Moose The Mooch, Medley: I Can't Get Started/You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, Undecided, Kingston Kuties, and Seven Come Eleven".
(60 min) Biographical booklet included...................................Price - $24.95
 Barney Kessel Plays "The Gypsy In My Soul"

Barney Kessel - Guitar Styles & Techniques - Book and CD
Guitarist Wolf Marshall guides you through the unique styles and techniques of jazz guitar legend Barney Kessel - teaching and examining in depth 14 outstanding tunes note for note! Each piece - some are single note improvised solos while others are chord melody solos - also includes harmonic analysis and performance notes! Songs include: "Barney's Blues, Begin the Blues, Contemporary Blues, Easy Like, Foreign Intrigue, Indiana (Back Home Again in Indiana),  (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over, Minor Mood, On a Slow Boat to China, Salute to Charlie Christian, 64 Bars on Wilshire, Speak Low, Tenderly, Vicky's Dream".
Notation and tab......................................................................Price - $22.95
 Barney Kessel Plays "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life"

Barney Kessel - The Jazz Artistry Of Barney Kessel - Vol 1 - Book
Songs include: "You're The One For Me, Study in Parallel, Contrary and Oblique Motion, Mermaid, Minor Mood, Blue Boy, Be Deedle De Do, Cool Groove, Jelly Beans, Minor Mode, New Blues, Blazin', The Fourth Way, Lonely Moments, Brazilian Beat". 
Standard notation.....................................................................Price - $16.95
 Barney Kessel Plays "Autumn Leaves"

Barney Kessel - The Jazz Artistry Of Barney Kessel - Vol 2 - Book
Songs include: "Easy Like, "Contemporary Blues, Begin The Blues, Barney's Blues, Salute To Charlie Christian, Vicky's Dream, 64 Bars On Wilshire, Foreign Intrigue". 
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 Barney Kessel Plays "Here's That Rainy Day"

Barney Kessel - A Jazz Legend - Book
Born in 1923, Barney Kessel played and recorded for over 40 years with hundreds of jazz greats including Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Rich, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Lester Young. Written by Maurice Summerfield, this is the first book to document his unique life in music, from jamming with the big band of Benny Goodman to playing on many of Phil Spector's famed Wall of Sound records and producing a hit song for Ricky Nelson. The comprehensive discography of hundreds of his jazz recordings will prove to be a valuable source of information for jazz historians for many years to come!
(324 pages)...............................................................................Price - $39.95
 Barney Kessel Plays "Misty"

The Best Of Jazz Guitar - Book and CD
Guitarist Wolf Marshall presents a step-by-step breakdown of the guitar styles and techniques of some of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time! Several versions are presented of each song allowing you to see how different guitarists would arrange the same piece of music! Each piece - some are single note improvised solos while others are chord melody solos - also includes harmonic analysis and performance notes! Songs include: "St. Thomas" -Jim Hall, Tal Farlow, Kenny Burrell, "All Blues" -George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, "So What" -Barney Kessel, George Benson, "All The Things You Are" -Hank Garland, Pat Metheny, "Honeysuckle Rose" -Joe Pass and Herb Ellis, Charlie Christian, "Satin Doll" -Howard Roberts, Joe Pass, "Yesterdays" -Johnny Smith, Tal Farlow, Wes Montgomery, "Misty" -Barney Kessell, Wes Montgomery, Howard Roberts, "I'll Remember April" - Johnny Smith, Grant Green, "How Insensitive" -Pat Martino, Emily Remler. Each selection also includes authentic matching audio with backing tracks!
Notation and tab.....................................................................Price - $24.95
 Barney Kessell Plays "The Look Of Love"

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Barney Kessel - A True Jazz Guitarist Extraordinaire!
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    Although many guitar players were highly affected by Charlie Christian in the 1940s and 1950s, Barney Kessel was the very first to establish his own recognizable voice out of the Charlie Christian style. Like Christian, Kessel was from Oklahoma. Other than three months of guitar lessons, Kessel was self-taught on guitar. He received early experience playing with regional swing groups.

    After relocating to Los Angeles in 1942, he worked with the Chico Marx Big Band (1942-43), which was a group put together by Ben Pollack. Found by Norman Granz, Kessel was featured in the Lester Young short length film "Jammin' The Blues" in 1944. He worked with the orchestras of Charlie Barnet (1944-45) and Artie Shaw, likewise having fun performing with Shaw's Gramercy Five.

    After the Shaw period, Kessel ended up being a studio musician in Los Angeles while likewise playing bop-oriented jazz in the evening. He made recordings with Charlie Parker in 1947, toured with Jazz at The Philharmonic, and during 1952-53 was a member of the Oscar Peterson Trio. While he left Peterson after a year to stick nearby the studios, Kessel taped his most significant recordings in the 1950s making a string of extremely gratifying record albums for Contemporary Records.

    While he continued to be a boppish soloist, the styles varied from swing to West Coast jazz. An additional series of recordings teamed him with Ray Brown and Shelly Manne as The Poll Winners, since they frequently won the "Downbeat" and "Metronome" polls of that time period. Kessel also made recordings with Art Tatum and Sonny Rollins.

    Barney Kessel continued to be prominent on the scene during the next couple of decades. He appeared on lots of pop recordings including some with The Monkees and The Beach Boys, regularly developing well-known solos anonymously. He went on tour with George Wein's Newport All-Stars in 1968 and teamed up with Stephane Grappelli on several concerts throughout 1969-70. While his later recordings as a leader typically lack the excitement and enthusiasm of his earlier dates, Barney Kessel still sounded at his intense best when playing guitar with Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd as The Great Guitars during 1974-82.

    Kessel's guitar style was firmly rooted in the jazz music of the late thirties and forties. As one of the crucial transitional jazz guitarists in the period, his approach naturally embodied the lexicons of the swing and bebop eras. Both jazz genres exerted a significant influence on his playing. To a lesser extent, Barney was influenced by the post-bop modal and hard bop movements and contemporary free jazz.

    Barney was an accomplished chord melody stylist and fantastic single-note soloist. His chord playing exuded the harmonic elegance, differing structures, and composing acumen of a pianist and orchestra leader. Barney was fond of the modern polytonal alternatives and chord extensions favored by jazz keyboardists and frequently worked these into his re-harmonizations of standard tunes like "Tenderly", "Misty," and "Spring Is Here.".

    The blues played a large role in Barney's music. Despite the heady bop-inflected lines and vibrant harmonic alternatives infused throughout his improvisations, cool sounding blues licks were also plentiful. Barney used blues elements in both chord and single-note style. His flowing solo passages were regularly punctuated with distinct string bending, grooving riff-like patterns, slurred ninth and 7th chords, and characteristic double stops.

    Barney had numerous noteworthy phrasing techniques that made his single-note improvisations immediately identifiable and individualistic. Prime among these were the rake-picked smeared arpeggio figures that decorated lots of of his bop passages. Another significant Kessel signature was the extended guitar line harmonized in parallel 3rds. Noteworthy was his strong, unflagging sense of swing when rendering long strings of 8th notes like a wind instrumentalist. A major stroke put an end to Barney Kessel's jazz guitar playing in 1992, 12 years prior to his death.

 Barney Kessel Plays "The Shadow Of Your Smile"

Jazz Guitar Chords & Arpeggio Patterns - Stacy McKee - This unique book includes 300 jazz guitar chord formations and matching single note arpeggio patterns in a quick reference format that no one has ever done before! Cross indexing makes this manual extremely easy to use and regardless of what style of music you play, we know you will find this to be a valuable, "must have" addition to your library. Stacy McKee was the featured guitarist with "Les Brown and The Band Of Renown" and for a limited time only, we will include an exclusive copy of his book FREE with your first order!
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