Barney Kessel

Workin' Out

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For this lesser-known effort by Barney Kessel (reissued on a 1998 CD), the guitarist is heard shortly after he decided to forego his career in the studios and try to make a living playing jazz full-time. He formed a quartet that also included three now-obscure players: Marvin Jenkins on piano and occasional flute, bassist Jerry Good, and drummer Stan Popper. Kessel plays well during a program that is highlighted by Jenkins' "Good Li'l Man," "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," Ahmad Jamal's "New Rhumba," and the guitarist's own "Pedal Point." Nothing all that unusual occurs, but the music is fine modern mainstream jazz from the early '60s.

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