Full performer name: Barney Kessel/Shelly Manne/Ray Brown.
Personnel: Barney Kessel (guitar); Ray Brown (bass); Shelly Manne (drums).
Recorded at Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, California on August 19 & 21, 1958. Originally released on Contemporary (7556). Includes original liner notes by Lester Koenig.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1991, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley).
Personnel: Barney Kessel (guitar); Shelly Manne (drums).
Recording information: Contemporary Studio, Los Angeles, CA (08/19/1958/08/21/1958).
Guitarist Barney Kessel, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Shelly Manne were dubbed "the Poll Winners" when they swept the Down Beat, Metronome, and Playboy polls during 1956-1957. They recorded several albums together and this CD reissue features the pianoless trio playing a variety of material, some of it a little odd (including "Volare," "Custard Puff," "When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob Bobbin' Along," and "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down"). This is a good outing, particularly for bop guitarist Barney Kessel. ~ Scott Yanow