Barney Kessel / Easy Like – Reviewed in 2005

This is an original Mono Contemporary Yellow Label DEMO LP (although the cover shows the OJC). The record plays EX++ to Mint Minus Minus — if you can stand some surface noise this is a very good sounding LP. The sound is good; however, it’s almost impossible to find quiet pressings of these old Contemporary albums. This is about as quiet as they get! 

“…the set features Kessel in boppish form with quintets in 1953 and 1956 featuring, either Bud Shank or Buddy Collette doubling on flute and alto. Kessel shows off the influence of Charlie Christian throughout the performances, with the highlights including “Easy Like,” “Lullaby of Birdland,” “North of the Border,” and the accurately titled “Salute to Charlie Christian.” 


Easy Like
Lullaby of Birdland
What Is There to Say?
Vicky’s Dream
Salute to Charlie Christian
That’s All
I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
Just Squeeze Me (But Don’t Tease Me)
April in Paris
North of the Border