Barney Kessel has a way of playing jazz guitar that often makes his solos very catchy. This is something that you can’t actually say about many players after bebop, maybe only Wes? So it is interesting to look at why his solos have this quality.
The solo I am taking some phrases from is on “Satin Doll” of the album Poll Winners with Ray Brown and Shelly Manne. This album really has Kessel in a great setting and in top form. Well worth checking out if you don’t know it already!
Kessel is truly great at mixing bebop lines with swing riffs and in that way creating a lot of variation in his solos.
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This lesson is analyzing some great rhythmical ideas from his solo on Just Friends. Some really great rhythmical phrases to add to your vocabulary.
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