Kessel Plays Standards

Kessel Plays Standards (subtitled Barney Kessel Volume 2) is an album by guitarist Barney Kessel released on the Contemporary label and featuring eight tracks originally released on the Barney Kessel Volume 2 10-inch album which were recorded at sessions in 1954 along with an additional four tracks from 1955.[1]

Kessel Plays Standards
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Studio album by
Released1956
RecordedJune 4, 1954, July 1, 1954 and September 12, 1955
Contemporary Records Studio, Los Angeles, California
GenreJazz
LabelContemporary C3512
ProducerLester Koenig
Barney Kessel chronology
Easy Like
(1953-56)
Kessel Plays Standards
(1956)
To Swing or Not to Swing
(1955)

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [2]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states: "Inventive frameworks and the utilization of Cooper's jazz oboe (a real rarity in jazz of the time) give the otherwise boppish reissue its own personality".[2]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Speak Low" (Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash) - 2:45
  2. "Love Is Here to Stay" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 3:26
  3. "On a Slow Boat to China" (Frank Loesser) - 3:18
  4. "How Long Has This Been Going On?" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 3:20
  5. "My Old Flame" (Arthur Johnston, Sam Coslow) - 3:39
  6. "Jeepers Creepers" (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer) - 3:51
  7. "Barney's Blues" (Barney Kessel) - 3:00
  8. "Prelude to a Kiss" (Duke Ellington, Irving Gordon, Irving Mills) - 3:13
  9. "A Foggy Day" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 3:10
  10. "You Stepped Out of a Dream" (Nacio Herb Brown, Gus Kahn) - 2:53
  11. "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) - 3:57
  12. "64 Bars on Wilshire" (Kessel) - 3:17
  • Recorded at Contemporary's studio in Los Angeles on June 4, 1954 (tracks 1, 3, 8 & 9), July 1, 1954 (tracks 2, 4, 7 & 12) and September 12, 1955 (tracks 5, 6, 10 & 11).

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Contemporary Records discography accessed May 25, 2015
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Kessel Plays Standards – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved May 25, 2015.