This DVD captures almost 30 years of rare performances from 1962 to 1991. Barney is seen playing in a trio setting, solo and with his friends, jazz guitarists Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd.
Andre Previn summed it up best: "Barney has a staggering amount of technique, a healthy respect for the traditional, a ceaseless curiosity for the experimental and an admirable and lovely harmonic sense."
Titles include: Gypsy In My Soul, One Mint Julep, On A Clear Day, I Love You, Brazilian Beat, Here's That Rainy Day, Moose The Mooch, Medley: I Can't Get Started/Sunshine Of My Life, Undecided, Kingston Kuties and Seven Come Eleven.
Running Time: 60 minutes
Review: The fine bop-based guitarist Barney Kessel is seen and heard on several different occasions during this well-rounded video. He is first interviewed in 1987; performs two songs on an episode of the 1962 TV show Jazz Scene USA; and plays in Sweden in 1967 and 1973, in England in 1974, and in Switzerland five years later. In all circumstances he is featured performing with a trio, except for three numbers during 1979 with fellow guitarists Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd in a quintet. This valuable tape concludes with him making a speech in 1991 at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, during which he speaks about the importance of improvised music; soon afterward Kessel's playing days would end when he suffered a serious stroke. Barney Kessel is in consistently fine form throughout these performances (it is interesting to observe the changes in hair and clothes styles); this video serves as a fine introduction to his music. - Allmusic
Review: 12 tunes and a 1967 interview from the United Kingdom by this jazz guitar giant. Kessel has long been known as a fleet-fingered swinger with a relentless melodic sense which gives rise to long, clean solos. His attack ranges from "jazzy" to bluesy. Highlights here are the two excellent trio performances from 1962, "Gypsy In My Soul/ One Mint Julep" and two other trio performances from a 1973 Swedish show. Also, a beautiful version of "Here's That Rainy Day", a boppish "Can't Get Started" and the stunning "three guitars" segment (with Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd) from a 1979 Iowa concert from the Maintenance Shop jazz series (check out "Seven Come Eleven"!) An absolute must for jazz guitar fans. - Roots and Rhythm