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Carmen [Import]

Barney KesselAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 4, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Jvc Japan
  • ASIN: B000GIWNF6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,918,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Swingin' the Toreador (after Bizet)
2. A Pad On the Edge of Town (after Bizet)
3. If You Dig Me (after Bizet)
4. Free As a Bird (after Bizet)
5. Viva el Toro! (after Bizet)
6. Flowersville (after Bizet)
7. Carmen's Cool (after Bizet)
8. Like, There's No Place Like (after Bizet)
9. The Gypsy's Hip (after Bizet)

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Japanese Limited Edition Issue of the Album Classic in a Deluxe, Miniaturized LP Sleeve Replica of the Original Vinyl Album Artwork.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy, wonderful reworking of a famous score... December 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Guitarist Kessel had a long career, and there are more than 40 CD's by him currently available. This one seems to me to be an unfairly overlooked gem. On this project, recorded in late December, 1958, Barney gives us 44 minutes of guitar-led swing, inspired by Bizet's opera. The operatic origins peek out now and then, the Spanish setting is not abandoned, but even those who dislike opera or who are simply unfamiliar with that form can love the CD for the warm and uptempo jazz experience it provides. Joining Barney are Buddy Collette on flute and clarinet, Bill Smith, also on clarinet, Andre Previn on piano, Shelly Manne on drums, Jules Jacob on oboe, Pete Terry on bassoon, Justin Gordon on flutes, Joe Mondragon on bass, Chuck Gentry on baritone sax, Herb Geller on alto sax, Harry Betts on trombone and Ray Linn on trumpet. Not all at once...the disc sounds more like quartet or quintet playing than the nine or ten artists who sometimes contribute to a song. Miles Davis did a famous record called "Sketches of Spain" with a big band backing his trumpet, but in a subtle way. That work has its good moments, but is so consistently melancholy that I don't really enjoy listening to it often. Kessel and his group have some passages of quiet beauty here, but overall, the project makes the listener cheerful instead of weepy, and therefore I think "Modern Jazz Performances from Bizet's 'Carmen'" is a better buy for jazz fans. The composer Bizet witnessed the failure of the first staging of "Carmen" in 1875, and died a few months later. As Vernon Duke's liner notes reveal, within three years his condemned work was a worldwide hit, and has stayed that way for more than a century. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Like Music June 27, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One of my favorites but lots of folks do not like style. Listen before you buy.
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