A lively, swinging date from 1957 that certainly lives up to its name. Guitarist Barney Kessel fits his perfect trio featuring bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Shelly Manne into one quintet with pianist Hampton Hawes and vibesman Victor Feldman and a sextet with tenor man Ben Webster, pianist Jimmy Rowles and trombonist Frank Rosolino. Over the course of five tunes, Kessel and company really stretch out nicely. Outstanding are Kessel's 11-minute title cut, deftly handled by the quintet, and clocking in at over nine minutes each are the sextet's imaginative takes on the Dixieland Jazz Band's "Tiger Rag" and "Jersey Bounce" (made famous earlier by Benny Goodman and here, a virtual showcase for Webster). Kessel shines on his speedy runs throughout, typically sounding like he's having the time of his life. He also yields nicely to his accomplished bandmates, who gel in a gently rocking groove that's quite easy to enjoy.
Songs:Let's Cook!; Time Remembered; Just In Time; Tiger Rag; Jersey Bounce.
Players:Barney Kessel: guitar; Leroy Vinnegar: bass; Shelly Manne: drums; Victor Feldman: vibes; Hampton Hawes, Jimmy Rowles: piano; Ben Webster: tenor sax; Frank Rosoloino: trombone.
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.