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One of the finest guitarists to emerge after the death of Charlie Christian, Barney Kessel (October 17, 1923 – May 6, 2004) was a reliable bop soloist throughout his career. He played with a big band fronted by Chico Marx (1943), was fortunate enough to appear in the classic jazz short Jammin' the Blues (1944) and then worked with the big bands of Charlie Barnet (1944-45) and Artie Shaw (1945); he also recorded with Shaw's Gramercy Five.

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  • Avatar for Sakul01
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  • Avatar for jvaahtera
    Barney Kessel - waaaahhhh!! No one like him - except the great Charlie Christian. Number one guitarist in my book.
  • Avatar for pillowtalk
    amanin barni!
  • Avatar for crackinkid
    luv his style :)
  • Avatar for F_Hole
    I enjoy all the speedsters, but BK had the tone (like butter), and all with the downstroke pick-style of Charlie Christian. One thing I didn't know about him until I saw him play was that he was hysterically funny; he'd grab the mike between tunes and amazed me with his wit and intellect. I miss you, Barney.
  • Avatar for kaitheory
    BK jams somethin' fierce eh?
  • Avatar for Lorolux
    For me, he is now one of the best Jazz-Guitarists! When you listen to his versions of Autumn Leaves or Greend Dolphin St. you will hear that he wasn´t just a very good guitarplayer but also a great improviser and he had originality! Thank you
  • Avatar for mj_bossa
    muito bom !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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