Barney Kes­sel

Hair Is Beau­ti­ful

Guitarist - - Feature -

By the time Barney Kes­sel cut this hippy-jazz cross­over, he had ac­quired some se­ri­ous form. A vet­eran of the Os­car Peter­son Trio (the tough­est jazz-gui­tar gig there was), he was also a key mem­ber of LA ses­sion aces The Wreck­ing Crew. Hair Is Beau­ti­ful finds Kes­sel try­ing to make jazz gui­tar work in the Wood­stock era. His chops are as mag­nif­i­cent as ever – blis­ter­ing even – on Ain’t Got No and the Ham­mond or­gan mashup Walk­ing In Space. This al­bum’s cool Dirty Harry sound­track vibe will – ahem – make your day. Stand­out track: Walk­ing In Space Tech­nique take-home: Jazz licks can work in any mu­si­cal set­ting

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