For many jazz lovers, Barney Kessel (1923-2004) remains the most complete master of the electric guitar in jazz history. In the late 50s he dominated the jazz polls, as did bassist Ray Brown (1926-2002) and drummer Shelly Manne (1920-1984), and the three joined forces as ‘The Poll Winners’, firmly establishing the form of the jazz guitar trio. All four of their classic LPs of the period are now presented in their entirety on Retrospective’s new double album. The 37 tracks spotlight not only Kessel’s phenomenal artistry, but the endlessly subtle interplay between three supremely talented jazz musicians. Enjoy once more this generous helping of West Coast Jazz at its very finest.
The Poll Winners: Jordu; Satin Doll; It Could Happen To You; Mean To Me; Don’t Worry ’Bout Me; On Green Dolphin Street; You Go To My Head; Minor Mood; Nagasaki - The Poll Winners Ride Again: Bee-Deedle-Dee-Do; Volare; Spring Is Here; The Surrey With The Fringe On Top; Custard Puff; When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin’ Along; Foreign Intrigue; Angel Eyes; The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down; - Poll Winners Three!: Soft Winds; Crisis; The Little Rhumba; Easy Living; It’s All Right With Me; Mack The Knife; Raincheck; Minor Mystery; The Masquerade Is Over; I Hear Music; - Exploring The Scene!: Little Susie; The Duke; So What; Misty; Doodlin’; The Golden Striker; Li’l Darlin’; The Blessing; This Here;