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Barney Kessel

g, 1923-2004 US, Muskogee, Oklahoma
Musician of Jazz

American jazz guitarist Born on 17 October 1923 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA Died on 6 May 2004, University Heights, San Diego, USA Father of Dan Kessel and David Kessel. Married to B.J. Baker from 1961 until their divorce in 1980. Generally considered to be one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the 20th century, he was a member of many prominent jazz groups as well as a “first call” guitarist for studio, film, and television recording sessions. Kessel was a member of the group of session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew.

  • Guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
Plays With
Artie Shaw And His Gramercy Five
Artie Shaw And His Orchestra
Barney Kessel And His Men
Barney Kessel And His Orchestra
Barney Kessel Plus Big Band
Barney Kessel Quintet
Barney Kessel Septet
Barney Kessel's Allstars
Ben Webster Septet
Benny Carter Quintet
Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra
Bobby Troup And His Stars Of Jazz
Buddy DeFranco And His Orchestra
Buddy DeFranco And The All-Stars
Charlie Parker's New All-Stars
Chico Marx And His Orchestra
Flip Phillips And His Orchestra
Flip Phillips Sextet
Gene Krupa Combo
Georgie Auld And His Orchestra
Harry Edison Sextet
Hot Rod Rumble Orchestra
Jackie Mills Quintet
Kid Ory And His Creole Jazz Band
Lionel Hampton All Stars
Lionel Hampton And His Giants
Milton Rogers And His Orchestra
Oscar Peterson & Friends
Paul Smith Quartet
Pete Rugolo Orchestra
Red Norvo Septet
Red Norvo's Nine
Roy Eldridge And His Orchestra
Shorty Rogers And His Augmented "Giants"
Shorty Rogers And His Giants
Shorty Rogers And His Orchestra
Stan Hasselgard And His All Star Six
The All Stars
The Barney Kessel Quartet
The Barney Kessel Trio
The Benny Goodman Quintet
The Bopland Boys
The Buddy Bregman Orchestra
The Buddy DeFranco Septette
The Charlie Parker All-Stars
The Charlie Parker Quartet
The Great Guitars
The New Hot Club Quintet
The Newport All Stars
The Oscar Peterson Quartet
The Oscar Peterson Trio
The Paul Desmond Quintet
The Poll Winners
The Roy Eldridge Quintet
The Swinging Bon Vivants
The Trombones, Inc.
Tommy Garrett
The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett
Maxwell Davis And His All-Stars
Percussion All Stars
The Murray Arnold Quartet
Vivian Garry
The Harry Fields Quintet
Benny Goodman & His Musicians
Pete Rugolo And His All Stars
Jack Millman & His Hollywood All Stars
Vic Lewis & His Jazzgroup
Jack Marshall & His Jazzgroup
The Jazz Millers
Popular Tracks   
In a Sentimental Mood on Presenting Barney Kessel by Barney Kessel
I Can't Get Started on Blues For A Playboy by Barney Kessel
Studio Talk #5 on The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve 1945 - 1959 by Billie Holiday
Holly on Breakfast At Tiffany's by Barney Kessel
A Foggy Day on Kessel Plays Standards by Barney Kessel
Custard Puff on The Poll Winners Ride Again! by Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne & Ray Brown
Nice Work If You Can Get It on Something Bigger by Harry "Sweets" Edison, Barney Kessel & Jimmy Rowles
Moon River Cha Cha on Latin Jazz de Boa by Various Artists
The Look Of Love on Blue Guitar by Barney Kessel
Danny Boy on Milestones of a Jazz Legend - Ben Webster, Vol. 1 by Ben Webster

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Hoboken, NJ 1980Barney Kessel2018Album
Live At The Jazz Mill 1954, Vol. 2Barney Kessel With The Jazz Millers2018Album
Live At The Jazz Mill 1954Barney Kessel With The Jazz Millers2016Album
My Jazz Collection 31Barney Kessel2014Album
My Jazz Collection 30Barney Kessel2014Album
Fascinating RhythmBarney Kessel2014Single
Une Anthologie 1953 / 1958Barney Kessel2010Compil.
The First Four AlbumsBarney Kessel2008Compil.
Swingin' On A StarOscar Peterson Featuring Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis & Ray Brown2007Compil.
Blues For A PlayboyBarney Kessel2007Compil.
Military SwingBarney Kessel2006Compil.
Military SwingBarney Kessel2006Album
Barney KesselBarney Kessel2006Album
My Old FlameBarney Kessel2005Compil.
Plays For LoversBarney Kessel2003Compil.
Salute To Charly ChristianBarney Kessel2002Compil.
Breakfast At Tiffany's ˙/ Bossa Nova / Contemporary Latin RhythmsBarney Kessel2002Compil.
PortraitBarney Kessel2002Compil.
Great Guitars LiveCharlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis2001Album
The Concord Jazz Heritage SeriesBarney Kessel1998Compil.
Original Jazz Classics CollectionBarney Kessel1997Compil.
History Of Jazz Vol.8Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Mal Waldron, Barney Kessel, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Wardell Gray, Kenny Clarke, Hampton Hawes1996Compil.
Roy Eldridge Con Oscar Peterson, Gerry Wiggins, Ray Brown, Barney Kessel, Kenny Clarke, Ray Brown‎Roy Eldridge Con Oscar Peterson, Gerald Wiggins, Ray Brown, Barney Kessel, Kenny Clarke1995Album
Barney KesselBarney Kessel1993Compil.
Stephane Grappelli Meets Barney KesselStéphane Grappelli & Barney Kessel1990Compil.
It's A Blue WorldBarney Kessel1990Compil.
Autumn LeavesBarney Kessel1989Compil.
Red Hot And BluesBarney Kessel1988Album
Spontaneous CombustionBarney Kessel, The Monty Alexander Trio1987Album
The Artistry Of Barney KesselBarney Kessel1986Compil.
SoloBarney Kessel1983Album
Great Guitars At Charlie's GeorgetownThe Great Guitars - Charlie Byrd - Barney Kessel - Herb Ellis1983Album
the verve collectors´ itemTeddy Wilson, Gene Krupa, Count Basie, Oscar Moore, Ray Brown, Max Roach, Bud Powell, Willie Smith, Sonny Criss, Stan Getz, Barney Kessel1983Album
Great Guitars At The WineryThe Great Guitars / Charlie Byrd · Barney Kessel · Herb Ellis1980Album
The Good LifePaul Smith With Monty Budwig, Frank Capp, Barney Kessel1979Album
The Astaire StoryFred Astaire - Oscar Peterson / Barney Kessel / Charlie Shavers / Flip Phillips / Ray Brown / Alvin Stoller1978Album
The Astaire Story vol. 2Fred Astaire - Oscar Peterson / Barney Kessel / Charlie Shavers / Flip Phillips / Ray Brown / Alvin Stoller1978Album
By MyselfBarney Kessel1977Album
Shiny StockingsBarney Kessel1977Album
Live At SometimeBarney Kessel1977Album
A Tribute To The Great Hollywood StarsJunko Mine, Barney Kessel1977Album
SoaringBarney Kessel1977Album
Poor ButterflyBarney Kessel And Herb Ellis1977Album
Great GuitarsThe Great Guitars / Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis1976Album
Sessions, LiveBarney Kessel / Harry Babasin1976Album
Barney (& Friends) Plays KesselBarney Kessel1975Album
Great GuitarsThe Great Guitars - Charlie Byrd / Barney Kessel / Herb Ellis1975Album
Just FriendsBarney Kessel1975Album
Blue SoulBarney Kessel1975Album
The Tatum Group MasterpiecesArt Tatum, Louis Bellson, Benny Carter, Red Callender, Buddy DeFranco, Bill Douglass, Harry Edison, Roy Eldridge, Lionel Hampton, Jo Jones, Barney Kessel, Buddy Rich, John Simmons, Alvin Stoller, Ben Webster1975Compil.
Central Avenue Breakdown, Volume 2Teddy Edwards / Barney Kessel / Slim Gaillard1974Album
Two Way ConversationBarney Kessel & Red Mitchell1974Album
Easy MomentsCarlo Pes - Barney Kessel1973Album
Summertime In MontreuxBarney Kessel1973Album
Limehouse BluesBarney Kessel And Stéphane Grappelli1972Album
Swinging Easy!Barney Kessel1971Album
I Remember DjangoStéphane Grappelli / Barney Kessel1970Album
I Remember DjangoStéphane Grappelli, Barney Kessel1970Compil.
Kessel's KitBarney Kessel1969Album
Feeling FreeBarney Kessel1969Album
What's New... Barney Kessel?Barney Kessel1969Album
Hair Is BeautifulBarney Kessel1969Album
Reflections In RomeBarney Kessel1969Album
Frank Mills / Quail BaitBarney Kessel1969Single
Sarah + 2Sarah Vaughan - Barney Kessel - Joe Comfort1965Album
On FireBarney Kessel1965Album
SummertimeBarney Kessel1963Single
Erroll Garner - Wardell Gray - Barney Kessell - Gerald WigginsErroll Garner, Wardell Gray, Barney Kessel, Gerald Wiggins1963Compil.
Diamonds / T.V. CommercialsBarney Kessel1963Single
Barney Kessel's Swingin' Party At ContemporaryBarney Kessel1963Album
Contemporary Latin RhythmsBarney Kessel1963Album
Let's Cook!Barney Kessel1962Album
Bossa NovaBarney Kessel1961Album
Complete Bossa NovaBarney Kessel, Jim Hall, Sonny Sharrock, Roy Ayers, Earl May, Bruno Carr1961Single
Poll Winners Three!Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne & Ray Brown1960Album
Music To Listen To Barney Kessel By Vol. 1Barney Kessel1959Single
Modern Jazz Performances From Bizet's Opera CarmenBarney Kessel1959Album
Music To Listen To Barney Kessel By Vol. 2Barney Kessel1959Single
Goodbye To LoveClaudia Thompson Featuring Barney Kessel1959Album
Four!Hampton Hawes !!!! With Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne & Red Mitchell1959Album
Certains L'aiment ChaudBarney Kessel1959Single
Some Like It HotBarney Kessel1959Album
My ReverieBarney Kessel1957Single
The Poll WinnersBarney Kessel1957Single
Music To Listen To Barney Kessel ByBarney Kessel1957Album
You're My One And Only Love / Honey RockRicky Nelson / Barney Kessel1957Single
West Coast Jazz ConcertDexter Gordon, Barney Kessel, Wardell Gray, Sonny Criss, Hampton Hawes, Harry Babasin, Howard McGhee1957Album
Lighthouse At LagunaHoward Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars ✳ Barney Kessel ✳ Hampton Hawes Trio With Shelly Manne1956Album
Kessel Plays Standards. Barney Kessel, Vol. 2Barney Kessel1956Album
Gerry Mulligan / Paul DesmondGerry Mulligan, Gerry Mulligan Quartet Featuring Chet Baker, Chico Hamilton Also Paul Desmond, Barney Kessel, Dave Van Kriedt1956Compil.
Easy LikeBarney Kessel1956Album
Barney Kessel, Vol. 2ABarney Kessel1955Single
Vol. 3, To Swing Or Not To SwingBarney Kessel1955Album
Swing GuitarsOscar Moore / Barney Kessel / Tal Farlow1955Compil.
Barney Kessel, Vol. 2BBarney Kessel1955Single
To Swing Or Not To SwingBarney Kessel1955Single
Barney KesselBarney Kessel1954Album
Hollywood Jazz Session - Vol. 1Dexter Gordon / Wardell Gray / Howard McGhee / Trummy Young / Barney Kessel / Hampton Hawes, Ken Kennedy, Leroy Gray1952Album
The Hunt - Part 3 / 4Trummy Young / Barney Kessel1947Album
Jeronimo - Part 3 / 4Howard McGhee And His Orchestra Featuring Barney Kessel And Sonny Criss1947Album
Bop After HoursTrummy Young, Barney Kessel1947Album
Swinging Easy!Barney KesselAlbum
The Jimmy Rowles Sextet Featuring Barney KesselThe Jimmy Rowles Sextet Featuring Barney KesselSingle
Hollywood Jazz Session - Vol. 3Wardell Gray / Sonny Criss / Al Killian / Barney Kessel / Russ Freeman / Ken KennedyAlbum
Paris Guitar Jazz Festival - LiveElmer Snowden / Buddy Guy / Barney Kessel / Jim Hall / George BensonAlbum
Please Fasten Your Seat Belts.The Anita Kerr Singers And Barney KesselSingle
Night CryBarney KesselSingle
Summer Wine / Wonder Of WondersBarney KesselSingle
Best Plucking In TownBarney Kessel, Grant Green, Oscar Moore, Mundell LoweCompil.
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