Remembering Barney Kessel

April 26, 2007

Nicolai Foss

In the 1950s, jazz guitar was virtually identical with Barney Kessel. It wasn’t entirely over the top when Mundell Lowe could declare that “Barney Kessel was the American jazz icon. He reached the same status as Louis Armstrong.”

Here is an excellent Spectropop remembrance article on Barney. Even if you know about Barney’s career, the article is sure to contain some new info. For example, I at least wasn’t aware how much he was down with the Hollywood elite, and how much he was respected by the leading pop and rock musicians of the 1960s (although the admiration wasn’t mutual).

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