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George Barnes

George Barnes (1921 - 1977) began his career in Chicago while still a teenager. In 1935 he was playing blues guitar backup for singers like Memphis Minnie and Blind John Davis before making his move to jazz. His first significant jazz recording was The George Barnes Sextet made for Keynote Records in 1946. His last two recordings were produced in 1977, by Concord Records, one just shortly before and one just after his death. George Barnes was one of the most underrated of the jazz guitarists that came up during the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's. He was easily recognized for the duets he made with Carl Kress, but sometimes overlooked as one of the great jazz stylists and innovators. Barnes was one of the very first guitarists to electrify his instrument and he was also one of the first to prove the guitar's abilities as a significant solo instrument

ARTICLE: MY PLAYLIST

Jeroen Kimman

Read "Jeroen Kimman" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Puro Huayno, Antologia de la musica Peruana (Wisepack ltd, 2000) For a few years I've been in love with Hauyno music from Bolivia and Peru, to a point where I sometimes have to force myself to put something else on; it's addicting. It's like its own musical language, and I will never be ...

ARTICLE: MY PLAYLIST

Jeroen Kimman

Read "Jeroen Kimman" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Puro Huayno, Antologia de la musica Peruana (Wisepack ltd, 2000). È da qualche anno che sono innamorato della musica Hauyno dalla Bolivia e dal Perù a tal punto che devo sforzarmi per ascoltare qualcosa d'altro, in pratica sono dipendente. Musica con un proprio linguaggio e con una componente ritmica difficile da tradurre. Questa compilation ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier: Travels To The West

Read "Travels To The West" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Guitar duos may not be quite as rare as hen's teeth in the world of jazz, but they're far from common. Yes, there are classic pairings such as Bucky Pizzarelli and George Barnes, or John Abercrombie and Ralph Towner; but given the instrument's ubiquity it's perhaps surprising that there aren't more such partnerships around. On Travels ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Eddie Durham: Genius in the Shadows

Read "Eddie Durham: Genius in the Shadows" reviewed by Jim Gerard

On December 13, 1932, in the eye of the Great Depression that was devastating the record industry, the Bennie Moten Orchestra shuffled “on their uppers" into a converted church in Camden, N.J., and silently launched the Swing Era, three years before clarinetist Benny Goodman's formal inauguration as the “King of Swing" at the Palomar Ballroom in ...

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Tony Bennett 'Romantic' Set in Time for Valentine's Day

Tony Bennett 'Romantic' Set in Time for Valentine's Day

Of the numerous balladeers to emerge on the music scene in the years during and immediately after World War II, Tony Bennett is considered one of the most versatile and enduring. In a career that spans six decades, he has embraced a host of styles, including swing, pop, jazz, show tunes, orchestral music and more. Along ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Barrett Deems: Deemus

Read "Deemus" reviewed by Nic Jones

Drummer Barrett Deems was a man with a pedigree, who took in stints with violinist Joe Venuti from 1937 to 1944, and a four-year run with trumpeter Louis Armstrong in the 1950s. The first years of the following decade found him keeping the musical company of trombonist Jack Teagarden. All of these affiliations are clues to ...

Don

Label: Acoustic Disc
Released: 2003
Track listing: Fascinatin

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

George Barnes Quartet: Don

Read "Don" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

One cannot help experiencing the warmth and friendliness of this recording. Session guitarist George Barnes could not seem more real than when he bantered with the crowd at the Concord, California's Willows Theater in the Summer of 1977. Don’t Get Around Much Any More was to be Mr. Barnes’ last recording, as he died from a ...


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