Barney Kessel – Some Like It Hot – Our Shootout Winner from 2005

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

Original Contemporary Black Label Stereo LP from 1959 with DEMO DISC QUALITY SOUND! (The picture is not correct as you may have noticed.)

For those of you who appreciate the sound that Roy DuNann and, in this case, Howard Holzer, were able to achieve in the ’50s at Contemporary Records, this LP will be a Must-Own unless you already have it. Their stuff just doesn’t get any better than this. Tubey magic, richness, sweetness, dead on timbres from top to bottom — this is a textbook example of their sound at its best.

What’s unusual about this copy is that it’s actually VERY QUIET. It’s the first quiet copy I have ever heard. Since surface noise is not a big thing to me, my copy is more typical for this album: M– or so. I can live with that, and that means I can sell copies like this one to those of you who appreciate quiet surfaces more than I do.

You may remember that Steve Hoffman had Benny Carter’s Swingin’ The ’20s album scheduled for DCC. (In fact it even shows up on Amazon as a title that’s out of stock! There will be a very long wait before it becomes available I’m guessing.) This album has much in common with that one musically and sonically — it’s a toss up which one you might prefer. I’d recommend them both of course.

This album includes modern jazz performances of songs featured in the motion picture starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon, produced and directed by Billy Wilder. 

” The release of the movie Some Like It Hot served as a good excuse for guitarist Kessel to join together with Art Pepper (switching between alto, clarinet and tenor), trumpeter Joe Gordon, pianist Jimmie Rowles, rhythm guitarist Jack Marshall, bassist Monty Budwig and drummer Shelly Manne to interpret a variety of vintage numbers, most of which date from the 1920s.” — AMG


Some Like It Hot 
I Wanna Be Loved by You 
Stairway to the Stars 
Sweet Sue 
Runnin’ Wild 
Sweet Georgia Brown 
Down Among the Sheltering Palms 
Sugar Blues 
I’m Thru With Love 
By the Beautiful Sea