Barney Kessel Feeling Free
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- Released: April 4, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: OJC
- 1.Moving Up
- 2.Blue Grass
- 3.This Guy's in Love With You
- 4.Blues up, Down and All Around
- 5.The Sound of Silence
- 6.Two Note Samba
Personnel: Barney Kessel (guitar); Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); Chuck Domanico (bass); Elvin Jones (drums).
Recorded at Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, California on February 13, 1969. Originally released on Contemporary (7618). Includes liner notes by Nat Hentoff.
Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (2000, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Barney Kessel (guitar); Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); Elvin Jones (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Recording information: Contemporary's Studio (02/13/1969).
Photographer: John Koenig.
Guitarist Barney Kessel recorded regularly for the Contemporary label during 1953-1961, one gem after another. In 1969 he returned to Lester Koenig's label for this lone effort, a quartet set with vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, bassist Chuck Domanico, and drummer Elvin Jones. The music is fairly free, particularly Kessel's four originals (which include "Blues, Up, Down & All Around" and "Two Note Samba"). Even Paul Simon's "The Sounds of Silence" and "This Guy's in Love With You" are turned into reasonably creative jazz by the all-star group. Although none of the musicians was associated exclusively with the avant-garde (Elvin Jones came the closest but never quite embraced free jazz), they show the influence of the explorations of the era, using aspects of the innovations as a logical way to stretch the jazz mainstream. Fascinating music. ~ Scott Yanow
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