Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Barney Kessel - A Jazz Legend

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Barney Kessel - A Jazz Legend

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Barney Kessel - A Jazz Legend by Maurice J. Summerfield Ashley Mark Publishing Co. - Blaydon on Tyne, UK 303 pgs, paperback $39.50 US, £20 UK

This 8 ¼ in. by 11 ½ in. book is packed with information on the late Barney Kessel. It is written by a person who knew him well and is an authority on the subject. The first part of the book is a biography followed by a list of honors and awards, Kessel compositions, his guitars and equipment as well as a large bibliography and a photo gallery that is packed with photos. A jazz discography completes the publication.

The forward is by Howard Alden and is thoughtfully and tastefully presented. It is a class effort throughout. Many of the album covers are depicted and the quality of reproduction is very good. The author makes no effort in making either a saint or a sinner out of the man but presents him not only as a fine musician but as a warm and interesting human being. I shall not go into any details of the books content. …

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