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Barney Kessel - Guitar Styles & Techniques - Book and Online Audio
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 - $24.95
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 Barney Kessel Plays "Tenderly"

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
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 Barney Kessel Plays "The Gypsy In My Soul"

The Best Of Jazz Guitar - Book and Online Audio
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 Kessel, 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 - $29.95
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 Barney Kessel Plays "So What"

Jazz Guitar Bible - Book
Includes: "Airegin" -Wes Montgomery, "Angel Eyes" -Howard Roberts, "Body and Soul" -Tuck Andress, "Cheek To Cheek" -George Van Eps, "Dinah" -Eddie Lang, "Easter Parade" -Herb Ellis, "Girl Talk" -Mark Whitfield, "I Remember You" -Tal Farlow, "I'll Remember April" -Earl Klugh, "Like Someone In Love" -Joe Diorio, "In A Sentimental Mood" -Kevin Eubanks, "Misty" -Barney Kessel, "My Favorite Things" -John McLaughlin, "Moonlight In Vermont" -Johnny Smith, "My Funny Valentine" -Larry Coryell, "Nardis" -Mike Stern, "Nuages" -Charlie Byrd, "Oleo" -Pat Martino, "Rose Room" -Django Reinhardt, "Satin Doll" -Kenny Burrell, "Seven Come Eleven" -Charlie Christian, "So What" -Larry Carlton, "Solar" -Pat Metheny, "Speak Low" -Grant Green, "St. Thomas" -Jim Hall, "Star Dust" -Les Paul, "Stella By Starlight" -Bireli Lagrene, "Take Five" -George Benson, "Tangerine" -Jimmy Raney, "Yardbird Suite" -Joe Pass, "You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me" -Chuck Wayne.
Notation and tab....................................................................Price - $27.95

 Barney Kessel Plays "Misty"

25 Great Jazz Guitar Solos - Book and Online Audio
From Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt to Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall, Joe Pass and beyond, take an inside look at the genesis of jazz guitar! This book and online audio by Paul Silbergleit provides solo transcriptions in standard notation and tablature, lessons on how to play them, guitarist biographies, equipment, photos, history, and much, much more! The accompanying audio contains full-band demonstrations of every guitar solo in the book! Songs include: "The Acrobat" -Peter Bernstein, "Benny's Back" -George Benson, "The Days Of Wine And Roses" -Pat Martino, "East Of The Sun" -Johnny Smith, "East To Wes" -Emily Remler, "Embraceable You" -Oscar Moore, "Full House" -Wes Montgomery, "I Thought About You" -Bobby Broom, "I've Found A New Baby" -Charlie Christian, "If I Should Lose You" -Kurt Rosenwinkel, "Jean De Fleur" -Grant Green, "Like Someone In Love" -Tal Farlow, "Lover Man Oh Where Can You Be" -Joe Pass, "Lullaby Of Birdland" -Barney Kessel, "Lyresto" -Kenny Burrell, "Nardis" -Mike Stern, "No Blues" -John McLaughlin, "Nothing Personal" -Pat Metheny, "Orange Brown And Green" -Herb Ellis, "Relaxin" -Hank Garland, "Spring Is Here" -Jimmy Raney, "Swing Spring" -John Scofield, "Whisper Not" -Jim Hall, "The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" -Django Reinhardt, "You Don't Know What Love Is" -John Abercrombie.
Notation and tab...................................................................Price - $24.95
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 Barney Kessel Plays "Lullaby Of Birdland"

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Barney Kessel - A True Jazz Guitarist Extraordinaire!
Compiled & Edited By Steven Herron

    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"

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